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UK Police Roll Out On-the-Spot Mobile Data Extraction System 145

Qedward writes "The Metropolitan Police has rolled out a mobile device data extraction system to allow officers to extract data 'within minutes' from suspects' phones while they are in custody. 'Ostensibly, the system has been deployed to target phones that are suspected of having actually been used in criminal activity, although data privacy campaigners may focus on potentially wider use.'"
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UK Police Roll Out On-the-Spot Mobile Data Extraction System

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 17, 2012 @01:08AM (#40025129)
    I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free.
    To be gunned down in my house by the cops, when they come looking for me.
    So I'll gladly give up all my rights, and betray the American way.
    'Cause there ain't no doubt I don't wanna die, that's why I will obey.
  • Re:Walkie Talkies (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 17, 2012 @05:00AM (#40025791)

    I know you're making with the funnies, but yes, they do use these things, problem with using then is Ofcom's monitoring will flag them up for further investigation (encrypted transmissions being somewhat illegal in the UK).

    Real Criminals in the UK use cheap PAYG mobile phones, as you can purchase them without having to provide any sort of ID (and they're smart enough to have other people to purchase them to avoid the old 'look-sir-we-have-you-on-camera-buying-a-phone-where-is-it?' questions if they're the sort of Real Criminal who appear on the 'usual suspects' list). The cheapest phones are less than a tenner, they're effectively one-shot/disposable devices.

    Of course, the idiot criminal classes (low end drug dealers et al) who do not treat their phone as a disposable tool and still use their Crackberrys etc for all their dodgy dealings, they're screwed.

    Of course, the only other class of person in the UK far too attached to their mobile phone who may keep way too much information stored on them likely to be used against them in a court of law are Mr&Mrs joe public..and they don't know it.
    Just as a light example, all those 'racist'/'off colour' jokes you've been sending your friends/received from friends...say hello to my little friend the Communications Act 2003 (section 127 (1)(a))

    Bear in mind, the legal test for 'offensiveness' here is whether the message/image/video/audio would cause gross offence *to those to whom it relates*, *not* the recipients of said communication.

    Did I mention the fact that some of the really cheap PAYG phones don't have any sort of USB/DATA connection ports?, I suppose there's always JTAG..somewhere..

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