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How are the police using the data that your phone collects to arrest criminals? #CommsData

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POLICE forces are shining a light on how they use communications data to locate criminals and solve crimes.

Four forces – Durham, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Gloucestershire – are taking part in a 24-hour ‘Tweetathon’ on Thursday, June 30 to demonstrate how they are using technology to bring offenders to justice.

Under the current Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, forces can complete telecommunications checks for volume crime, such as frauds, harassments, burglaries, robberies or thefts.

Communications data is the ‘who’, ‘when’, and ‘where’ of a communication, not what is written or said. It is details of the communication – not the content.

Police forces use it at the early stages of investigations to prove or disprove where a person was, or determine who they were with or who they spoke to. This information is invaluable in proving guilt as well as innocence.

Here are some of the best Tweets so far.

Durham Police used comms data to locate suspects at the scene of a stolen van.

Data was then used to track suspect who posted incident image on victims social media profile.

Police then used comms data to trace a suspect selling counterfeit money on social media.

Burglary suspected linked to mobile phone thefts

Data used to ID suspect who had been targeting an online child

Data used to arrest suspect who is believed to have stolen X Box.

999 calls made to ex-partners address result in CPS charge

Rogue trader who defrauded elderly couple arrested as a result of comms data.

Comms Data used as evidence to show a registered sex offender was breaching his conditions.

Used to aid a burglary investigation, letting the police know when the consoles stolen were then connected to the internet.

Allowed police to trace a suspect who posted indecent images onto social media.

Police used the IP Address used to access social media to trace the address of the suspect.




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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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