What if Your Cell Phone Logged all of your Data?

What if everything you pressed on a cell phone was secretly recorded and logged on your cell phone, and saved to a log file that could later be accessed by anyone with access to the phone?

Scary? YES!

Turns out that some computer experts have discovered secret software on many Android phones called Carrier IQ that records nearly all keystrokes on the device and saves them to a log file that can easily be accessed by anyone who gets ahold of the phone.

It is tremendously scary to think that all phone numbers called, all websites visited, and all text messages sent and received, and even passwords to supposedly secure accounts are being recorded and saved to a plaintext file that is secretly saved to the phone.

Why is this important in the criminal law? Because police frequently confiscate cell phones which now have tremendous amounts of data, and are increasingly developing techniques to inspect these devices.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.