Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Michigan State Police Reportedly Extracting Personal Info From Cellphones

From the New American:
The Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is questioning the Michigan State Police's use of cellphone 'extraction' devices.

Specifically, the group claims that law enforcement is clandestinely using portable devices to secretly extract personal information from cell phones during routine stops. The devices are sold by a company called Cellebrite and facilitate the downloading of text messages, photos, video, and even GPS data from mobile phones. The handheld machines use various codes to work with different models and can be programmed to even bypass security passwords in order to access the desired personal information stored on the cell phone.
According to the ACLU, it has submitted several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests over the past three years, none of which has been complied with by the Michigan State Police.

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