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A Closer Look at Cell Phone Data Extraction

The goal of cell phone data extraction is heavily dependent upon the unique situation for which the data stored on the phone is being requested. No two cases are ever the same, and for this reason, an in-depth initial consultation can be a critical step in assessing the correct techniques for the specific role required. This will also allow for taking things step by step while enabling clarification of your goals clearly and easily.

What types of data are you extracting from a cell phone?

By eliminating the data you do not need, you can become more efficient in the time and effort used to procure the correct data, which will be a valuable end result.  Specifically targeted data might include any or all of the following:

  • Media: Pictures, videos, and other digital media forms have many uses when it comes to investigations and criminal matters.
  • Cell phone usage: Text messages, call logs, and other specific telecommunication data.
  • Stored data: Online storage, removable devices or external hard-drives can all be accountable.

Documentation of the data extraction process

Cell phone surveillance is usually carried out with the importance of creating effective final documentation in mind. This process allows for data to be analyzed and stored in a consistent, legal fashion then turned into information that can be used in a variety of ways. This may include things like evidence in a court case, documenting employee fraud or any number of other reasons situations may present.

A few things to consider before starting include:

  • Who will be documenting your data and what is their experience level?
  • What is the evidential value of the data you are after?
  • Does the documentation warrant seizing the device?
  • Can the data be extracted physically or photographically?
  • Do you have the correct tools for the job at hand?

Interesting discussions in the news

If you are stopped by a police officer, do you know whether or not they have the equipment or the legal right to extract data from your mobile phone?  The equipment to do this is readily available, and in fact several state police organizations are already using it.  Consumer and activist organizations such as the ACLU are already taking action to challenge the legality of these situations and it will be very interesting to see how it unfolds over the coming months.  But whatever side of the issue you stand on, if you or your employees carry sensitive data on your mobile smart phones, it would be a good idea to make sure this data is properly protected.