Wednesday, April 20, 2011

If The Cops Pull Your Over
and Ask for Your Cel

If the report from below is correct, this is an absolute and unacceptable OUTRAGE.

Michigan police are now performing routine traffic stops and DOWNLOADING THE ENTIRE CONTENT OF YOUR CELL PHONE onto a data-sucking machine for later examination.

A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes. The device works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections.

"Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags," a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device's capabilities. "The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps."

The ACLU is concerned that these powerful capabilities are being quietly used to bypass Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

"With certain exceptions that do not apply here, a search cannot occur without a warrant in which a judicial officer determines that there is probable cause to believe that the search will yield evidence of criminal activity," Fancher wrote. "A device that allows immediate, surreptitious intrusion into private data creates enormous risks that troopers will ignore these requirements to the detriment of the constitutional rights of persons whose cell phones are searched."

Read the whole thing HERE.


If you are ever pulled over and Officer Friendly asks you to give him your cell phone, YOU HAVE NOT JUST THE RIGHT BUT THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SAY NO unless they have a search warrant.

Law enforcement has no right to do this to common citizens on the street who commit no crime. No right at all.

Four words. Nine-Teen Eighty-Four.

OH, and by the way...

If you are ever asked to talk to the police....

...the answer is no.

Particularly if you are innocent.


From Britian's The Guardian.

THIS is why you don't give the cops your phone.

Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner's computer when the two are synchronised.

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone's recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner's movements using a simple program.

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