What new technologies could play a role in civil litigation cases?
As technological innovations continue to shape our world today, more data from our wearable and other technologies are making their way into court. Data from your
FitBit or Apple Watch Is Tracking Your Movements
Every day, we unknowingly share a tremendous amount of data without even realizing it. By purchasing and wearing a
While generally this information is used simply to provide you with a better understanding of your level of physical activity, there are instances in which this data could be critical in court. Already, in a few criminal cases, judges have allowed the introduction of wearable device data to either prove or disprove an alibi. Information obtained from your wearable device could also prove critical in a civil litigation case. For example, data showing you have been extremely active after an accident that allegedly left you seriously injured could be damaging to your case. Alternatively, in a business litigation action, evidence that one partner who was supposed to be running the business only went into work once a week could help a judge decide a dispute.
In addition to wearable technologies, home devices like Alexa also offer potentially relevant information for civil litigation and criminal actions. Alexa stores a wide variety of questions posed to it. While this information is supposed to be kept private, courts have elected to force the disclosure of some