Helping Law Enforcement Use Data from Mobile Applications
Apr 28, 2017
Law enforcement agencies face major challenges surrounding law enforcement use of the user data collected through mobile phones and describes a prototype tool — the Mobile Information and Knowledge Ecosystem (MIKE) — that could help a wide range of stakeholders understand how information is shared within the mobile ecosystem and the legal protections that govern access to that information.
Understanding the Mobile Ecosystem and Applicable Surveillance Law
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Mobile phones, the networks they connect to, the applications they use, and the services they access all collect and retain enormous amounts of information that can be useful in criminal investigations. However, state and local law enforcement face two substantial challenges when accessing these data: (1) maintaining awareness of the sources and nature of commercial data available to an investigator and (2) determining the legal rules for access to these data. This report explores these issues and describes the development of a prototype tool — the Mobile Information and Knowledge Ecosystem (MIKE) — intended to help law enforcement, commercial entities, and policy analysts explore the mobile ecosystem and understand the laws regulating law enforcement's use of data contained within the mobile ecosystem. The tool might also serve as a mechanism for sharing best practices in electronic surveillance.
The Electronic Surveillance Challenge
Our Project Was Designed to Meet the Needs of Key Stakeholders
How MIKE Was Developed
How MIKE Works
Assessing the Value of MIKE: Stakeholder Reactions
Permissions Enabled by the Core-Apps Product
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