Privacy International has filed a formal complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over police use of intrusive mobile phone extraction technology.
The rights group also issued complaints to the Home Office and the Independent Office for Police Conduct, following the findings revealed in its March report: Digital stop and search; how the UK police can secretly download everything from your mobile phone.
The report outlined the widespread practice of downloading data from users’ phones even if they are not suspected of a crime – often without consent or even their knowledge. Police are thought to use devices like the UFED Touch 2 manufactured by notorious Israeli firm Cellebrite.
Privacy International is arguing that the practice is in breach of current data protection laws and will also run counter to the forthcoming Data Protection Act 2018, which implements the GDPR into UK law post-Brexit.
After May 25, the ICO will have the power to levy fines of up to £17m or 4% of annual turnover in extreme circumstances. More…