CSI: Walmart

In many cases, private companies can do this much
faster than the police. “A lot of law enforcement-based
digital-forensics labs are just swamped,” said Kathryn
Seigfried-Spellar, a professor of computer science at Purdue
University. “Almost every type of crime—whether it’s homicide,
arson, or a computer crime—is going to have some sort of digital
evidence associated with it.” As a result, she says, the backlog of
devices and data awaiting analysis at police labs can stretch from
months to years.

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