By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
Published: 00:01 GMT, 17 January 2020 | Updated: 00:04 GMT, 17 January 2020
Police in Scotland will soon be equipped with ‘cyber kiosks’ that will allow them to scan devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops for evidence while on location at a crime scene.
The kiosks are essentially mobile computer stations with a proprietary program to guide an authorized operator through the process of inspecting the device’s data.
Kiosk operators can plug any supported device into the kiosk with a standard USB data transfer cable.
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Scotland Police have announced a new cyber kiosk program that will let investigators in the field review data on phones and laptops while in the field
The system will allow operators to look at data from a device’s onboard storage, SIM card, or a micro-SD card.
With the click of a button, operators will be able to further isolate a device’s contacts list, text messages, calendar data, pictures, audio files and music, videos, call logs, saved documents, and even ringtones.
Police say the kiosks aren’t meant to further erode privacy, but to help ensure investigations are minimally intrusive.
The current process for reviewing on-device data could last for several months as devices were retrieved at crime scenes and sent to special labs for further analysis, which would leave both suspects, victims, and witnesses subject to the same frustrating wait times.
‘The introduction of cyber kiosks will enable us to quickly identify if a device contains material related to an investigation,’ a video from the Scotland Police explains.