Man's Pacemaker Used To Track And Charge Him With Crime

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An Ohio man pleaded not guilty to arson charges Tuesday after police arrested him, in part, based on information obtained from the man’s pacemaker.

According to officials, 59-year-old Ross Compton stands accused of burning his home down on September 15 and faces charges of aggravated arson and insurance fraud.

Police say they obtained a warrant to search all electronic information stored on Compton’s pacemaker when he gave statements that were not consistent with the evidence found at the fire.

He told authorities that he packed belongings when he saw the fire, threw them out of a window and carried them to his car.”

According to court documents, a cardiologist who reviewed the data on the pacemaker determined “it is highly improbable Mr. Compton would have been able to collect, pack and remove the number of items from the house, exit his bedroom window and carry numerous large and heavy items to the front of his residence during the short period of time he has indicated due to his medical conditions.”

The case raises the issue of privacy rights with regard to sensitive medical data. Electronic Frontier Foundation Criminal Defense Staff Attorney Stephanie Lacambra is concerned that technological advancements will lead to a loss of individual privacy, with this case setting a dangerous precedent.Cases like this could be the canary in the coal mine concerning the larger privacy implications of using a person’s medical data,” she told SC Media.

As Lacambra went to point out:

“Americans shouldn’t have to make a choice between health and privacy. We as a society value our rights to maintain privacy over personal and medical information, and compelling citizens to turn over protected health data to law enforcement erodes those rights.”

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WillyGroper's picture

had his name been silverstein, he'd have collected double.

localsavage's picture

Wouldn't there be some patient / doctor privilage argument in ther esomewhere?  The doctor had to confirm that the device is even in the victim.  

lil dirtball's picture

Your beatin' heart
Will tell on you

Multi's picture

"Americans shouldn’t have to make a choice between health and privacy."

Well, that's truth. But that's not the choice this gentleman was doing...    his choice was to break the law (arson) or not to do it. Apparently he chose the former.

AllTimeWhys's picture

this is just fucked up...

NoDecaf's picture

So the lesson here is to plan ahead. If you are expecting "lightning" to strike your house make sure you pack all your shit up long before.

robertsgt40's picture

Just think of the leverage that could be applied to this guy if the IRS was after him.  Click, good night sweet prince. 

SixIsNinE's picture

hold up - i want to see the video from his samsung smart TV, and the audio from his wifi-connected microwave and all the videos from every camera on all his computer/phone devies before making any rush judgement.


oh, get me that audio from his led smart-dimmable lightbulbs too !  stat!


Shitonya Serfs's picture

So now, unlike "free" websites, apps, and even your order for them to SAVE YOUR LIFE, you'll have to sign an agreement to give up your personal data/information?

I'm sure that little tidbit of spying on you will be hidden in the 20 other pages you'll have to sign in order to get treatment.

Can't they just make shit that doesn't have spying mechanisms built into it??

Socratic Dog's picture

On that note, does anyone know of a smartphone available in the US market, or that will work over here, that doesn't have the spying mechanisms built in?

Surely someone would be happy to fill that potential market niche.

Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

There are some AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROMs like LineageOS (formerly CyanogenMod) which have no Google services in them whatsoever. That's what I run on my phone and in addition to the privacy I gained my phone is much snappier, and battery lasts 2 days now instead of one. I use F-Droid market instead of Google Play because everything on F-Droid is Free Software (Free as in Freedom, not cost, although it is also gratis, that is not the more important bit).

Of course the baseband radio / bootloader is still proprietary, only way around that is to use Replicant but that only works on a handful of older handsets (s2, s3, etc.) and even then is more like wrappers that interact with the proprietary bootloader instead of fully replacing it. But that's about the best we have right now.

Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

I've talked about the importance of Free Software before, but it's important so I'll mention it again since this article illustrates the direction we are heading, with almost all devices being some form of computer, with some type of software on them.

At the end of the day, does/will that software serve the user/purchaser/owner of said product? Or someone else? Think about it.

To say nothing of the fact that so called "intellectual property" laws have been perverted so far from their original meanings by wealthy powerful corporations and vested interests, in order to further their monopolies / cartels of usury. But that's another subject for another day.

Praeda2's picture

What faggot came up with that acronym? Oh... it was you. You should immediately delete your account and destroy your computer. You know, just to be safe. Much better than actually learning something rather than being an ignorant fuck.

The guy is ALIVE because of 'digital'. He's being done is by some kike doctor. Hardly the fault of technology you hick loser.

Katos's picture

I'd agree with you if my pacemaker hadn't saved my life!

Giant Meteor's picture

That settles it, I'm having mine removed this very day!


LawsofPhysics's picture

LOL!!!  You don't have "rights", you have owners. They own you motherfucker.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Correction. They own us motherfucker. Not sure how you are excluding yourself in your blanket statement.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Fair enough, but I have in fact been doing a lot of business under the table and in PMs.

So there's that.  What have you been doing CD?

Urban Roman's picture

Squashing moles, accorditn to his last missive.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Yeah, a big talker. Some of the finest mental masterbation I have read actually. Good philosophy etc.

Giant Meteor's picture

Shovels come in handy for lots of things. Handy little invention, the shovel.

ArthurDaley-OldieTimeTrader's picture

LawsofPhysics & CD George figured it all out a while back before he passed away.  Never a more important set of statements that are true that were said in jest.   Alas it ends in revolution if history plays out . "Its a big Club and you ain't in it" George Carlin

Fiscal.Enema's picture

That's a quote from George Carlin. please give credit to him.

Giant Meteor's picture

Ahhhhh, classic Carlin this morning. Outstanding!

SirBarksAlot's picture

But wasn't the case based on his condition, rather than the information gleaned from the pacemaker?

how_this_stuff_works's picture

The case was based on his inconsistent statements to the police, simply confirmed by the opinion of the doctor.

Socratic Dog's picture

Since when has a doctor's "opinion" become hard evidence?  Fuck his "opinion".


Giant Meteor's picture

Still, a shocking development i'd say.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

Well, it's not entirely possible he used his heart condition as an excuse as to why he couldn't possibly have set the fire.

If he disclosed the existence of the pacemaker and some smart detective recognized the significance of the data retrievable, the guy shot himself in the foot. It'd be evidence. I can't imagine how police would have known about the pacer unless the man himself revealed it.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

3rd Party Data Collection - Bush was right! 

Giant Meteor's picture

Do not adjust your set, there is nothing wrong with your pacemaker.

We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your pacemaker. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits.

Shocking ...

insanelysane's picture

We know the government has the right to shut down a vehicle's engine, do they have a right to shut down the human engine?

Salsa Verde's picture

They aren't shutting down a human, they'll say they are turning off a "device."

WillyGroper's picture

just lost my BIL (retired surgeon) who had a wifi defibrilator.

maxmizing profits, it shut down his pancreas first making him diabetic.

peak irony...after helping me sectionalize EHS, he believed his diabetes to be genetic.

propaganda runs deep.

BurningFuld's picture

It will have a record with a time stamp as to when it was "working".  Like it will show the heavy activity before the fire.  He packed his stuff he wanted out of the house and then started the fire.

Dragon HAwk's picture

Did China listen in ?

Christ next they will build in spyware into your hearing aid.  Oh Wait. Knock at the front door I must have been mumbling to myself.

NeedtoSecede's picture

His lawyer should just say that Dude's pacemaker was hacked by Putin...

Insanity rules and the inmates are in charge of this full-retard asylum...

Pablo Escobar's picture

Seems like self incrimination is the legal argument here. Once we get bionic body parts, that should be defined as part of the person, and the data not allowed as evidence

michelp's picture

i'm missing a link!

Dealing with a serious crime here; shouldn't ALL evidence - pro and con/personal + public - be allowed so as to reach a just verdict?

Is everyone saying it's OK to hide some type of evidence, particularly if it proves you guilty?

Is cheating an insurance company more desirable than finding the thruth?


besnook's picture

well, there's the 4th amendment and the 5th amendment but those are just stuff written on a piece of paper.

pipes's picture



Read it.

divingengineer's picture

If it is a reasonable search, a warrant should be no problem.

Police are always attempting to circumvent the use of warrants with "probable cause".

If a serious crime or danger to the public is imminent perhaps that is permissible, but in this case, the house had already burned down.

If they did an improper search without a warrant, that evidence should be thrown out. Simple as that.

There are rules, we get nailed to the wall for not following the rules, I think police should have to follow the rules as we do. 

ToSoft4Truth's picture

What if a man with a bionic penis rapes your daughter?  Should the penis logs be downloaded?

Multi's picture

Being raped by a bionic penis has to hurt

divingengineer's picture

Why not take the hour to go in front of a judge to get a warrant?

That way, your daughter's rapist doesn't walk out the door a free man because the only evidence against him is inadmissible.


pipes's picture

Your statement presumes guilt. 


That is not how it works.


If a man with a "bionic penis" were alleged to have raped someone, you damn well better have evidence of it. You cannot presume guilt and go fishing for evidence.


More importantly, the 5th Amendment to the Constitution quite clearly recognizes the right of an individual to NOT BE FORCED to self-incriminate.


Your pacemaker, your penis, your prosthetic leg, your brain...all parts of the individual, and NONE may be used by force against the individual...or else THERE IS NO INDIVIDUAL.


NOW...on the other side of the circumstance...if I had a bionic penis which logged relevant data...and were accused of rape, but hadn't done it in any way shape or form , I MAY volunteer exculpatory data logs which would demonstrate that - or I may not. After all, what if...I jacked off roughly around the time of the rape? or...I DID have sex with the claimant, but it was consentual at the time, and the rape accusation is an afterthought? or...I cannot be sure that once having given the data (opened the door), I haven't invited the system in (unintended consequence)?




The by it.