University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "EPIC v. ICE (Mobile Forensics)"
Date Mar 19, 2019
Author Electronic Privacy Information Center
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Abstract Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) searches mobile devices while carrying out law enforcement activities, potentially subjecting millions to searches inside its claimed enforcement authority 100 miles from the border into the interior. Over the last few years, ICE tested devices made by multiple providers of mobile forensic technology. Contracts between ICE and Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization (“Cellebrite”) in the last 10 years value at over $10.7 million, and from April through July 2018, ICE contracted with Cellebrite for over $1.6 million in “Computer Storage Device Manufacturing.” Cellebrite offers a suite of products in its Universal Forensic Extraction Devices (UFED) line, which allow users to “bypass pattern, password or PIN locks,” decrypt, extract, and analyze “live, hidden and even deleted data from smartphones, feature phones, tablets, players, GPS devices, SIM cards, smart watches, mass storage devices, drones and more.” These tools include Cellebrite’s UFED Cloud Analyzer, which can extract private information - even without assistance from the owner - from users cloud-based accounts, such as Facebook, Gmail, iCloud, Dropbox, and WhatsApp.
Source Electronic Privacy Information Center

This Resource Relates To
case Electronic Privacy Information Center v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (IM-DC-0047)

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