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http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2553828,CST-NWS-iphone01.article

Cops love iPhone data trail

EVIDENCE NEVER DELETED | Criminals who use device may be left without alibi

Detective Josh Fazio of the Will County Sheriff's Department loves it when an iPhone turns up as evidence in a criminal case.

The sophisticated cell phone and mobile computer is becoming as popular with police as it is with consumers because it can provide investigators with so much information that can help in solving crimes.

"When someone tells me they have an iPhone in a case, I say, 'Yeah!' I can do tons with an iPhone," said Fazio, who works in the sheriff's department high-tech crimes unit.

The iPhones generally store more data than other high-end phones -- and investigators such as Fazio frequently can tap in to that information for evidence.

And while some phone users routinely delete information from their devices, that step is seldom as final as it seems.

"When you hit the delete button, it's never really deleted," Fazio said.

The devices can help police learn where you've been, what you were doing there and whether you've got something to hide.

Former hacker Jonathan Zdziarski, author of iPhone Forensics (O'Reilly Media) for law enforcement, said the devices "are people's companions today. They organize people's lives."

And if you're doing something criminal, something about it is probably going to go through that phone:

• Every time an iPhone user closes out of the built-in mapping application, the phone snaps a screenshot and stores it. Savvy law-enforcement agents armed with search warrants can use those snapshots to see if a suspect is lying about whereabouts during a crime.

• iPhone photos are embedded with GEO tags and identifying information, meaning that photos posted online might not only include GPS coordinates of where the picture was taken, but also the serial number of the phone that took it.

• Even more information is stored by the applications themselves, including the user's browser history. That data is meant in part to direct custom-tailored advertisements to the user, but experts said some of it could be useful to police.

Clearing out user histories isn't enough to clean the device of that data, said John B. Minor, a member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners.

Just as users can take and store a picture of their iPhone's screen, the phone itself automatically shoots and stores hundreds of such images as people close out one application to use another.

"Those screen snapshots can contain images of e-mails or proof of activities that might be inculpatory or exculpatory," Minor said.

• The keyboard cache logs everything that you type in to learn autocorrect so that it can correct a user's typing mistakes. Apple doesn't store that cache very securely, Zdziarski contended, so someone with know-how could recover months of typing in the order in which it was typed, even if the e-mail or text it was part of has long since been deleted.

Sometimes, the phones can help even if the case isn't a matter of life or death.

In Kane County, the sheriff's department used GPS information from one of the phones to help reunite a worried father with his runaway daughter, who was staying at a friend's house.

"His daughter felt comfortable at the house because she did not think her parents knew where she was, and she actually answered the door. She was a bit surprised as to the fact that [her] dad found her," said Lt. Pat Gengler, a spokesman for the sheriff's department.

Find this kinda shocking tbh. Who knows where this info is getting sent...

Glad Im rocking the HTC + Andriod combo.

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but this is only risky if they catch you and get your phone..and there only going to take your phone over something big.

Doesnt surprise me though..there's so much sh*t the iphone can do that there has to be downsides

didn't think people used iphones as there shottin phone anyway

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this infos irrelivennt to 99% of da forum.

you being the 1% then yeah?

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What handset it is isn't really relevant

If they get your handset they get a bag of your data regardless of what handset it is

They will have cell site data if you've made sent or received calls/text messages as well as if you've used the Internet/BBM things of that nature which will tell them the general location of the handset at particular times REGARDLESS of the handset

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but this is only risky if they catch you and get your phone..and there only going to take your phone over something big.

Doesnt surprise me though..there's so much sh*t the iphone can do that there has to be downsides

didn't think people used iphones as there shottin phone anyway

topic title isnt serious btw just bringing this to peoples attention

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yeah when i got nicked all i could think of is the pictures of rows n rows of plants on my phone lucky they didnt touch it tho

never keep sh*t on your phone lads

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That is absolutely f*cked! they can find out the location of where a photo was taken? crazy stuff.

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but this is only risky if they catch you and get your phone..and there only going to take your phone over something big.

GAS.

I GOT NICKED FOR A ROBBERY AN THEY TOOK MY PHONE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE TONY MONTANA IF THEY WANT YOUR PHONE THEY'LL TAKE IT SIMPLES.

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but this is only risky if they catch you and get your phone..and there only going to take your phone over something big.

GAS.

I GOT NICKED FOR A ROBBERY AN THEY TOOK MY PHONE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE TONY MONTANA IF THEY WANT YOUR PHONE THEY'LL TAKE IT SIMPLES.

chances are if you was nicked for robbery they already had some sort of proof..so having your phone wouldn't of done much.. if your selling coke and they stop n search you..they either find coke and arrest you..or just let you go if they don't find anything..

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OK FELLA I BELIEVE YA.

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Schoolboy error

If you're shotting its gotta be 1 of them £20 phones

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Schoolboy error

If you're shotting its gotta be 1 of them £20 phones

'Make bags off a twenty pound phone (wavy!)'

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but this is only risky if they catch you and get your phone..and there only going to take your phone over something big.

GAS.

I GOT NICKED FOR A ROBBERY AN THEY TOOK MY PHONE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE TONY MONTANA IF THEY WANT YOUR PHONE THEY'LL TAKE IT SIMPLES.

chances are if you was nicked for robbery they already had some sort of proof..so having your phone wouldn't of done much.. if your selling coke and they stop n search you..they either find coke and arrest you..or just let you go if they don't find anything..

I guess the question is about longer term investigation, not just stop and search TBH

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What makes me laugh are the Facebook/BB dealers

Broadcasting "I got that peng sticky cheese, holla"

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Schoolboy error

If you're shotting its gotta be 1 of them £20 phones

dun no...tescos do the best 1s

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What makes me laugh are the Facebook/BB dealers

Broadcasting "I got that peng sticky cheese, holla"

it's the 1s that say they got the peng knowing full well they got homegrown...joke ting

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What makes me laugh are the Facebook/BB dealers

Broadcasting "I got that peng sticky cheese, holla"

it's the 1s that say they got the peng knowing full well they got homegrown...joke ting

What if its homegrown peng?

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If your shot of an Iphone you deserve to get caught anyway

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Feds will take your phone from GBH to an AM to robbery lol @ it being a big case

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Feds will take your phone from GBH to an AM to robbery lol @ it being a big case

Obviously yhey'll take your phone for everything, but they won't implement the measures being discussed in the post for everything will they?

Going on like every police station has some harvard graduates haxxoring every phone that comes in.

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Imagine BBM users were guaranteed privacy until recently

All the while everyone thought it was jakey when it wasnt

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lmao at certain man broadcasting for squares on bbm

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back in the day i got arrested, the detective actually put my phone in a photocopier to try and copy the messages, but the glass on the phone reflected too much, then he had to get a camera to do it, same thing happened, man got pissed and had to write them all out.

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