The Michigan State Police has denied the claims made by the ACLU that it extracts personal information from mobile phones during routine stops.
The American Civil Liberties Union has claimed in a petition that the MSP used data extraction devices (DEDs) to secretly extract personal data like photos, text messages, videos and GPS data from mobile devices during routine checks.
“A device that allows immediate, surreptitious intrusion into private data creates enormous risks that troopers will ignore these requirements to the detriment of the constitutional rights of persons whose cell phones are searched,” the ACLU said in a statement.
The police department says that the claims made by the ACLU are entirely baseless.
“The MSP only uses the DEDs if a search warrant is obtained or if the person possessing the mobile device gives consent. The DEDs are not being used to extract citizens' personal information during routine traffic stops,” the Michigan State Police said in a statement.
The police department further claimed that it did not have devices that could actually extract data without an officer being in possession of a mobile devices. It also added that data could not be extracted from mobile devices without their owners knowing about whats happening.