The Smart Home and Criminal Investigations
The days of the Smart Home are here. With the help of technology, we can now virtually check who is at our front door, control the temperature of our house, and order takeout. Sadly, folding laundry is still a manual effort but who knows what advancements in technology are on their way. When we look back at the science fiction stories from a generation ago, we see that they clearly got more right than they got wrong and that technology continues to change the world and make our lives easier.
One interesting side effect to all of these technological advancements is the production of data. Whether it is for voice recognition, customization of preferences or for market intelligence there is data produced from all of our smart home devices. In fact, 90% of all digital data produced has been produced in the past two years.
As with all technology, Law Enforcement is trying to utilize Smart Home digital data as part of investigations. In one recent high-profile case, investigators solicited Amazon to provide recordings from an Echo that may have contained evidence related to a double murder investigation.
Like social media companies, cloud data providers companies like Amazon and Google who provide smart home technology are inundated with requests to provide data that may be tied to an investigation from Law Enforcement from all over the world.
A common misconception is that these companies as well as social media and other cloud providers delay their response and provide confusing output to deter future requests from Law Enforcement, but this is incorrect. Besides the number of requests being an issue, the data is stored and outputted by these providers in a way that makes business sense to the company, not as a way to confuse Law Enforcement.
The dilemma is that Law Enforcement requires nearly immediate access to digital data in order to review it for any potential evidence, especially in the critical early hours of an investigation. But waiting on corporate giants to provide data for a single case has been a challenge, and once the data is obtained the output can range from a single piece of paper to terra bytes of encrypted data.
This has positioned digital data as a collaborative source of information rather than a source that drives formative leads and establishes timelines for an investigation. What is needed is a way to bypass the corporate giants and to legally obtain and analyze the digital data in a timely fashion.
Cellebrite’s Digital Intelligence Platform is the answer. As a partner of Law Enforcement for over 20 years, we are the recognized leader in extracting data from mobile devices. But today more is needed and Cellebrite can help Law Enforcement with all of their digital forensics needs, obtaining data from sources ranging from Smart Home devices to drones, to automobiles. Once the data is obtained the review of the volumes of data from multiple sources in multiple formats becomes the next challenge.
Cellebrite automates the analysis of digital data, removing the need for manual review, and pinpoints potential critical pieces of evidence that can lead to actionable data. The output is displayed in a common easy-to-read format that can expedite the resolution of cases and make a safer world.