Police in Michigan have been utilizing a powerful new electronic search tool, the CelleBrite UFED. This device can be hooked up to virtually any cell phone, and extract every bit of data on it, all in about 90 seconds. Contacts, call logs, text messages, pictures, and even geotags and GPS tracking data.
But, what is perhaps causing the most alarm is the way in which the device is allegedly being used, for collecting data on people stopped by minor traffic violations.
The ACLU had filed a Freedom of Information Act request, asking for logs about how the devices were used. The Michigan state police have responded by demanding $544,680 to cover the cost of providing the records.
The CelleBrite can defeat many cell phone password protections, and even restore deleted data.