USA Today reports on the increasing use by law enforcement of data gathered via electronic devices, such as iPhones or iPads.
Law enforcement officials have long used phone records and, more recently, e-mails and text messages to help solve crimes. Now a field of forensic study is emerging that deals with iPhones specifically, targeting GPS data, browser history and other potentially incriminating information.
“Very, very few people have any idea how to actually remove data from their phone,” says Sam Brothers, a cellphone forensic researcher with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection who teaches investigators how to retrieve iPhone data. […]
Data that [Self-described former hacker Jonathan Zdziarski] says iPhones store:
• Screen shots after mapping applications are closed.
• GEO tags and identifying information with photos posted online.
• The user’s browser history. […]
Adam Gershowitz, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center, says the new technology brings concerns about whether investigators have the right to search someone’s iPhone.