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NCJ Number: 249741 Find in a Library
Title: Electronic Surveillance of Mobile Devices: Understanding the Mobile Ecosystem and Applicable Surveillance Law
Author(s): Edward Balkovich; Don Prosnitz; Anne Boustead; Steven C. Isley
Corporate Author: RAND
United States of America
Date Published: December 2015
Page Count: 65
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Arlington, VA 22202-5050
Grant Number: 2011-IJ-CX-K058
Publication Number: ISBN: 978--8330-9242-7
Sale Source: RAND
1200 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202-5050
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance); Report (Technical)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After discussing the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in using data collected from the mobile ecosystem, this study describes a prototype tool developed to assist law enforcement, commercial entities, and policy analysts in improving their understanding of the types of data that exist in the mobile ecosystem and the legislative mandates that govern law enforcement agencies’ use of such data.
Abstract: Mobile phones, the networks to which they connect, the applications they use, and the services they access collect and retain enormous amounts of information that can be useful in criminal investigations; however, law enforcement agencies face two challenges when accessing these data: 1) maintaining their knowledge of the sources and nature of commercial data available to investigators and 2) determining the legal requirements for accessing these data. In addition to exploring these issues, this report describes the development of a prototype tool - the Mobile Information and Knowledge Ecosystem (MIKE) - which can assist law enforcement, commercial entities, and policy analysts in exploring the mobile ecosystem and understanding the laws governing law enforcement’s acquisition of data from this ecosystem. This tool might also provide a means for sharing best practices in electronic surveillance. MIKE was constructed by using semantic mediawiki, an extension to the software used to operate Wikopedia. MIKE is interactive and designed so that new information can be added by users, thus maintaining currency of information. The tool can also be used to acquire updated information on laws governing law enforcement’s accession of data maintained by the mobile ecosystem. This report also identifies a number of plausible options for keeping MIKE relevant and up to date. Future research could analyze these options and identify an approach that will support further development of the prototype tool. 8 figures, 2 tables, 47 references, and appended supplementary material
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Electronic surveillance; Evidence; Evidence collection; Information dissemination; Legislation; Mobile digital communications; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Police legal limitations; Police legal training
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