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You’re a witness or a victim or a suspect of a crime; or even just travelling going on holiday. Officials demand your phone, then disappear with it. What happened to your phone? What happened to your data? What will happen to you?
Call to Action
Ask your local UK police force about cloud extraction
Take action and send a FOIA to your local UK police force asking them if they use cloud extraction technology.
UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL FOIA HAVE NOW BEEN SUBMITTED AND YOU CAN FOLLOW THE PROGRESS ON THE LINKS BELOW.
Cloud extraction technology is being used in secret whilst the public are often unaware that large volumes of data that they generate are stored in the cloud and thus accessible using these technologies.
Victims and witnesses are being offered to “consent” to have their phones collected and searched, but they will have no right to retract that consent for retaining and examining the data on the device.
Police officers who operate mobile phone extraction technologies often have little or no forensic training and are increasingly reliant on devices whose capabilities they do not understand, particularly as budgets are cut and the volume of data they have to cope with increases.
We look at the recently published report on forensic science in the UK, highlight concerns about police not understanding new tech used to extract data from mobile phones; the risk of making incorrect inferences and the general lack of understanding about the capabilities of these tools. The
A mobile device is a huge repository of sensitive data, which could provide a wealth of information about its owner and many others with whom the user interacts. Companies like Cellebrite, MSAB and Oxygen Forensics sell software and hardware to law enforcement. Once your phone is connected to one of
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