The service will be using Radio Tactics’ Aceso Kiosk, a touch-screen device that will be deployed in 16 boroughs across the city. According to the company, the device can pull data like call history, photos, videos, and email and social networking info from a phone in an average of 20 minutes.
The kiosk can pull data from the phone itself, as well as from any memory or SIM cards it carries, and it also works with USB flash drives and portable GPS units.
More than 300 Met Police employees will be trained to use the device, and the service says that it’s being implemented mainly to increase speed.
Currently suspected mobile devices are sent to a digital forensics lab for processing, but the Aceso Kiosk means that processing can be done while the suspect remains in custody.
“Our ability to act on forensically-sound, time-critical information, from SMS to images contained on a device quickly gives us an advantage in combating crime, notably in terms of identifying people of interest quickly and progressing cases more efficiently,” said the Met Police’s Stephen Kavanagh.
Privacy International accused police of being too cagey about the technology. They are looking at possible breach of human rights law. Spokeswoman Emma Draper said: ‘We need a full and frank disclosure of how and when and why this system will be used.’
“It is illegal to indefinitely retain the DNA profiles of individuals after they are acquitted or released without charge, and the communications, photos and location data contained in most people’s smartphones is at least as valuable and as personal as DNA.”
A Scotland Yard spokesman said the systems will help them combat offenders who use mobile phones for crime.
We say it’s yet another erosion of our freedom. It’s one thing to watch ex-CIA hitman, John Reese extract data from a bad guy’s mobile phone in Person of Interest but ish just got real.
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