Michigan State Police Explain use of Cell Phone Data Extraction Device

Kaye Beach

April 21, 2011

Yesterday I posted this story;

Cell Phone Data Suckers-They’re Heeeere

“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 ACLU of MI has complained that they have been stymied in their open records request to MSP since 2008 and expressed concerns about how the  MSP might be using the devices.

Today the MSP issued a press release in response.

From EUPNews

April 21, 2011

LANSING – Recent news coverage prompted by a press release issued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has brought speculation and caused inaccurate information to be reported about data extraction devices (DEDs) owned by the Michigan State Police (MSP).

To be clear, there have not been any allegations of wrongdoing by the MSP in the use of DEDs.

The MSP only uses the DEDs if a search warrant is obtained or if the person possessing the mobile device gives consent. The department*s internal directive is that the DEDs only be used by MSP specialty teams on criminal cases, such as crimes against children.

The DEDs are not being used to extract citizens’ personal information during routine traffic stops.

The MSP does not possess DEDs that can extract data without the officer actually possessing the owner’s mobile device. The DEDs utilized by the MSP cannot obtain information from mobile devices without the mobile device owner knowing.

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