Processing Phone Downloads
Posted on 28th February 2022 at 11:14
Do you have a mobile phone extraction that you cannot read?
Tower Forensics have mobile phone experts accustomed to downloading and retrieving data from handsets using up to date, forensic software.
It is often the case that these downloads completed by the prosecution are delivered to the defence teams in a format that cannot be read easily, thus potentially causing delays in the defence review.
Our experts have the tools to process these downloads for you, and either, investigate the contained material, or provide you with an easy-to-read report so that you are able to review the contents.
Our advice, most of the time, is to process the downloads obtained by the prosecution, as this enables us to test the prosecution processes and interpretation.
The ACPO guidelines for digital evidence are as follows: -
No action taken by law enforcement agencies, persons employed within those agencies, or their agents should change data which may subsequently be relied upon in court.
In circumstances where a person finds it necessary to access original data, that person must be competent to do so and be able to give evidence explaining the relevance and the implications of their actions.
An audit trail or other record of all processes applied to digital evidence should be created and preserved. An independent third party should be able to examine those processes and achieve the same result.
The person in charge of the investigation has overall responsibility for ensuring that the law and these principles are adhered to.
With regard principle 3, the defence should be provided the extraction used by the prosecution and be able to analyse it independently.
Completing new extractions will undoubtedly produce different results as new versions of the software are developed to enhance what can be captured.
Do you need to find more? or do you need to test the accuracy of what has been found?
If you have any doubt, get in contact with one of our experts who would be happy to advise.
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