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Michigan police use powerful phone data extraction tool


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http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/michigan-police-search-cell-phones-during-traffic-stops/

 

The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.

 

ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.

“Law enforcement officers are known, on occasion, to encourage citizens to cooperate if they have nothing to hide,” ACLU staff attorney Mark P. Fancher wrote. “No less should be expected of law enforcement, and the Michigan State Police should be willing to assuage concerns that these powerful extraction devices are being used illegally by honoring our requests for cooperation and disclosure.”

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.”

The national ACLU is currently suing the Department of Homeland Security for its policy of warrantless electronic searches of laptops and cell phones belonging to people entering the country who are not suspected of committing any crime.

 

 

Not that I doubt this in any way, shape or form.

Especially in light of other laws passed recently by the Republican governor of Michigan that straight up give the governor the power to fire Mayors and other locally elected officials, replace them with corporations and basically dissolve towns/cities.

 

But do you have a more legitimate source before I go E-mailing this to people?

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I'd assume if you refuse the search they

will just write you a ticket for texting and

driving anways

 

You know how if you refuse a breathalizer they automatically suspend your license for 6 months, but at least that's better than having a conviction and losing your license for a year or more?

Where I'm at they have a new law that says that if you refuse a breathaliser they will strap you down and draw your blood.

It's only on weekends and holidays for now, but of course they're just easing everybody in on the idea until it's mandatory all the time.

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If you refuse a breahalizer and request a blood test, you have to be brought to a qualified hospital to have the blood drawn (at least in texas). No cop is going to strap you down and draw blood. They are not qualified to do that.

 

 

^Instead of calling you an idiot, I'll just leave this here.

 

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/District-Attorney-expands-no-refusal-weekends-927225.php

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/New-Braunfels-announces-no-refusal-weekend-829608.php

 

http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Impactof-norefusal-studied-929526.php

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Not that I doubt this in any way, shape or form.

Especially in light of other laws passed recently by the Republican governor of Michigan that straight up give the governor the power to fire Mayors and other locally elected officials, replace them with corporations and basically dissolve towns/cities.

 

But do you have a more legitimate source before I go E-mailing this to people?

 

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20055431-1.html

 

http://www.cellebrite.com/forensic-products/ufed-physical-pro.html

 

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/27564088/detail.html

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If you refuse a breahalizer and request a blood test, you have to be brought to a qualified hospital to have the blood drawn (at least in texas). No cop is going to strap you down and draw blood. They are not qualified to do that.

 

 

You're an idiot. They do that in a bunch of states.

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