Cell Phone Data Extraction Questioned By ACLU 4-21-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Cell Phone Data Extraction Questioned By ACLU 4-21-2011

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is asking the Michigan State Police to reveal how often it's using devices that can extract personal data from cell phones.
The ACLU said in a letter sent recently to the state police that it has been trying for more than two and a half years to obtain an answer through the Freedom of Information Act. The state police have said it would cost nearly $545,000 to retrieve and assemble the data, an amount the ACLU rejects.
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State police put out a statement Wednesday night saying data extraction devices are used only if a search warrant is obtained or a person gives consent to have the phone scanned.
"These DEDs have been adapted for law enforcement use due to the ever-increasing use of mobile communication devices by criminal to further their criminal activity and have become a powerful investigative tool used to obtain critical information from criminals," the statement read.
Police said the devices aren't being used to extract personal information during routine traffic stops.
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