LOS ANGELES, United States - During several popular crime investigations, including Dr Conrad Murray’s concerning the death of pop idol Michael Jackson, it became obvious that iPhones store an enormous amount of data, which can be used for forensics.
According to Computer Forensics International's research, there are many useful bits of information that a skilled data extractor may dig in the smartphone. There are, however, and specifics in the process of extracting information of an iPhone like the fact that in order not to lose data the phone should remain turned on, and the data need to be extracted with much patience.
The bounty of such an operation may prove extremely useful for any crime investigation as it provides communications history, geographic location and much more data that combined with other sources like the PC of a suspect may turn sufficient to convict that person.
"iPhones record every step you take and when you took it", said Mark McLaughlin of Los Angeles based Computer Forensics International. "Armed with that location data, examiners can draw a Google map of the route you took and the exact time you were there, down to the second". iPhones are the premier member of the smartphone family that record bucket loads of data and are built on a mobile computing platform.
This fact, however, rises serious privacy concerns as it unveils that iPhones store much more data that the user may expect. Geographic locations log is one of the most obvious surprises as there is no way to disable this logging, apart from temporally turning off the phone's wireless transmit and receive capability – also known as airplane mode.