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SO imagine you are a suspect in a crime. You have done nothing wrong but you were in the wrong place at the wrong time so you are a suspect. So they take your phone. COPY ALL YOUR DATA… ALL OF IT. Then they KEEP IT ON RECORD. INDEFINITELY.
How can this be legal?
How is this right?
I am astounded at this blatant breach of any form of privacy.
My advice to everyone is this: Encrypt your phones, use the highest amount that you can. If I were you I’d set a password that completely erases the device if the password is entered incorrectly more than 3 times.
This is the most blatant and perverse intrusion into privacy that the 21st century has to offer.
I implore you all to make as much of a fuss about this as possible as this cannot be accepted as something that is legal!
Please see below a story from BBC News on the subject.
Source: BBC NEWS
Met Police to extract suspects’ mobile phone data
The Metropolitan Police has implemented a system to extract mobile phone data from suspects held in custody.
The data includes call history, texts and contacts, and the BBC has learned that it will be retained regardless of whether any charges are brought.
The technology is being used in 16 London boroughs, and could potentially be used by police across the UK.
A Met Police spokesman told the BBC that when a suspect was released, “data received from the handsets is retained and handled in accordance with other data held by the MPS [Metropolitan Police Service]” - regardless of whether charges had been brought.
Guidelines given to officers state that data extraction can happen only if there is sufficient suspicion the mobile phone was used for criminal activity.
“Mobile phones and other devices are increasingly being used in all levels of criminal activity,” said Stephen Kavanagh, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.
“When a suspect is arrested and found with a mobile phone that we suspect may have been used in crime, traditionally we submit it to our digital forensic laboratory for analysis.
“Therefore, a solution located within the boroughs that enables trained officers to examine devices and gives immediate access to the data in that handset is welcomed.”