An examination of gaming platform policies for law enforcement support

Ruth Threadgall, Graeme Horsman

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The problems faced with regulating social media platforms are well known and documented, where frequent abuses of these platforms occur. In addition to this issue, the use of gaming platforms and their inbuilt communication facilities to carry out malicious acts including hate crimes and grooming is now an increasing concern. The regulation of gaming applications is now arguably a necessity with acts of criminal behaviour on these platforms starting to be reported. This work examines the terms and conditions, privacy policies and sign up and account validation processes for 40 gaming applications. The results are presented and examined, highlighting weaknesses in data retention periods, account validation and a lack of clarity with regards to law enforcement cooperation. This work aims to support law enforcement who are undertaking investigations involving these platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Article number200887
Number of pages20
JournalDigital Investigation
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2019


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