From 20 January 2020, Police Scotland will begin using so-called “cyber kiosks” to examine and extract data related to investigations or accidents in smartphones, including iPhones. These “kiosks” are desktop computers located in a police station that allow security personnel to quickly view the contents of mobile devices. Data that can be extracted includes, but is not limited to, contacts, text messages, pictures, videos, and text and applications. These “kiosks” are closely reviewed by individuals and agencies to ensure the reliability of data and hardware.
Investigators can use these “kiosks” to hack the devices of victims, suspects and witnesses, whether they were voluntarily handed in or confiscated during the investigation. Scottish law already allows law enforcement to take away the smartphones of those involved and detain them indefinitely. Ideally, the kiosk will speed up the extraction of evidence on the smartphone in-charge. A statement on Police Scotland’s website said: “By quickly identifying those with and out of evidence, we can minimise disruption to people’s lives and provide better services to the public.” “。
Similar to the situation in the UK, US law enforcement is increasingly trying to extract data from smartphones. On January 13, the FBI and Attorney General William Barr asked Apple to help unlock two iPhones allegedly owned by Mohammed Saeed Alshamrami. Alshamrani is suspected of being the gunman in the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
The FBI has obtained permission to search for the device and has asked Apple to help unlock the smartphone. Apple has refused to offer more help beyond its investigation because it would undermine the security of its hardware and software. Currently, Apple has created a page on its website for law enforcement officials to find out what data the company owns.