Someone please correct me if I’m wrong but don’t they already do that in the course of an investigation?
Is this some new development I missed reading about?
Because as you read the story, it sounds like this process is somehow on the cutting-edge, that prior investigative and tracing techniques were operating back in the Stone Age.
“Sgt. Ookla, that assault rock was fired from that hand there…which belongs either to Throg of the Moktar Clan or a fern. We don’t know because the Feds won’t share the data.”
“Who are the Feds, Lt. Grog?”
Furthermore, aren’t purchase records destroyed after a certain time?