ACLU wants to know how Michigan Police use 'data extraction devices' - could download information from cell phones

This machine could let police see all of your photos. Even that one.

(Credit: Matt Hickey/Cellebrite)

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout based on comment from both the Michigan State Police and the ACLU of Michigan. See below for details.

The Michigan State Police have a handful of portable machines called "extraction devices" that have the potential to download personal information from motorists they pull over, and the ACLU would like to know more about them.

The devices, sold by a company called Cellebrite, can download text messages, photos, video, and even GPS data from most brands of cell phones. The handheld machines have various interfaces to work with different models and can even bypass security passwords and access some information.

The problem, as the ACLU sees it, is that accessing a citizen's private phone information when there's no probable cause more


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