November 28, 2012

NYPD quietly amassing database of stolen cell phone logs

The New York Police Department has been quietly amassing a database of logs from stolen cell phones, often without the victim’s consent, The New York Times reported Monday [via The Daily Caller]

quotemarksright.jpgThe phone’s call records, which are obtained via subpoena, include a thief’s calls, calls made to and from the victim’s cell phone and whether the number was transferred. That information is entered into a database called Enterprise Case Management System, where each number is hyperlinked and cross-referenced with numbers in other records in the database.

“To date, phone companies have appeared willing to accede to the Police Department’s requests for large swaths of call records,” reported The New York Times, stating that thousands of subpoenas are issued a year. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related: - Met Police set up 16 kiosks in London to extract suspects' mobile phone data (BBC May 2012)

UK's Metropolitan Police has implemented a system to extract mobile phone data from suspects held in custody. The technology is being used in 16 London boroughs, and could potentially be used by police across the UK.

Campaign group Privacy International described the move as a "possible breach of human rights law".

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