The Internet has evolved into the default communication medium of the developed world, with the effect that a large majority of Internet users access the Internet numerous times per day via their mobile devices, ensuring continual connectivity and interactivity. As a result, digital and social surveillance is now a significant consideration in many investigations, including those crimes not perpetrated, or involving, a computer or the Internet.

The lives and day-to-day activities of any potential targets are digitally displayed in various online profiles and social networks, often publicly accessible. As of 2012, Facebook has over one billion unique user profiles registered, and accounts for 1 out of every 5 Internet page views per day, worldwide. Twitter has 646 million registered users as of September 2015, with 190 million unique visitors per month.

It is now a fundamental and required skill set for investigators in any capacity to have a good understanding of the privacy and security capabilities of social networks, the end-user experience and platform capabilities, and the rights and responsibilities of an investigator with respect to the creation of fake profiles, cross-jurisdictional issues and the issues around expectation of privacy of users.

Our Digital and Social Surveillance training provides investigators with the online skills, tools and techniques required to locate, identify and monitor individuals of interest, gather and retain Internet-sourced digital evidence, understand cross-jurisdictional and legal restrictions, and protect the identity and integrity of individuals and investigations.

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