Cell Phones, Covid19 and Law Enforcement
Most people do not realize that their cell phones can track everywhere you go.
Location data that you have on your phone is very personal, it indicates such things are where you were last night, where you get your coffee, and what Doctor’ s office you visit.
Covid19 studies have used this information to estimate just how many people are complying with a stay-at-home orders.
For instance, Safegraph, a data company, has created numerous graphs based upon cell phone data to determine by zip code or even party affiliation, who is is not, complying with stay-at-home orders.
So how much personal information does your cell phone hold and what story can it tell about you?
This is the reason that Police Officers are seizing or taking cell phones from people without providing any explanation.
Often when the cell phone is seized the police officer asks if the phone belongs to you and then asks for your passcode.
Do you know what you should do when this happens?
What if the officer orders you to give him/her your passcode?
As a former Assistant Prosecutor in the State of Michigan I have the legal background to answer these questions. I have attended numrous seminars in this specific area. I used this type of data on daily basis. Since leaving the Prosecutor’s Office, I have utilized this information in defending clients and have been asked to lecture on cell phone tracking at the Oakland County Bar Association.
Should you have any questions I can be reached by email at Jeff@fsslawpc.com or by phone at 248-353-6500