London police using terminals to collect cellphone data
Purpose-built terminals in police stations produce a printout of data, save a digital record
LONDON — London's Metropolitan Police have begun extracting cellphone data from suspects held in custody, a move critics say is a "possible breach of human rights law."
The data being recovered includes call history, texts and contacts, and will be retained whether or not any charges are brought against suspects, the BBC reported Thursday.
Using new technology created by forensic firm Radio Tactics, cellphone content can be extracted using purpose-built terminals in police stations to produce a printout of data from the phone as well as a digital records that can be saved.