Freedom of Information Act Request re: mobile phone data extraction carried out at local police stations and Hubs
My request relates to the existence and use of local (a.k.a. ‘in-house’) mobile phone extraction / examination kiosks.
I seek information relation to the existence of these frontline self service kiosks; their use; any review conducted into the practice of mobile phone extraction/examination; relevant policy or guidance documents.
Please note that I set out below in the ‘background information’ the various reports which refer to these self-serive kiosks and ‘Hubs’. If your force does not refer to them as self-service kiosks or downloading kiosks but uses other terminology, the request applies. The information sought relates the procedure whereby mobile phones are examined at the local police force by officers who are not part of the High Tech Crime Unit.
Request for information
1. Does your police force carry out mobile phone data extract in low level crime cases using self-service / downloading kiosks? Please provide your definition of a low-level crime.
2. Does your police force carry out mobile phone data extract in serious crime cases using self-service / downloading kiosks?
3. If your police force is not currently using mobile phone extraction kiosks, have you trialled this?
4. Does your police force use Hubs to carry out mobile phone data extract in low level crimes?
5. Does your police force use Hubs to carry out mobile phone data extract in serious crimes?
6. Do you centrally record mobile phone data extracted from kiosks?
7. If you have a mobile phone extraction kiosk, please provide the name of the company which provides the hardware / software / to whom you pay a licence for the relevant tools.
8. Please confirm whether or not a review has been conducted into the use of the self-service kiosk. Please note below PEEL reports and North Yorkshire report by way of example.
9. Please provide copies of the current relevant force level and/or national level guidance for the use of downloading kiosks.
10. Please provide copies of the current relevant force level and/or national level policy for the use of downloading kiosks.
11. How many officers are trained in mobile phone extraction in low level crime at your police force?
12. Do officers carry mobile phone examination kits on patrol and/or in vehicles and / or for other operational for use in (a) low level crimes? (b) serious crimes?
We can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police, which is detailed in the attachment.
For Question 7 this information is exempt by virtue of
Section 31(1) (a) (b) Law Enforcement
REASONS FOR DECISION
The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.
In this case the information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions
Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (Law enforcement)
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached.