Devices Remotely Wiped in Police Custody

The details about how mobiles were wiped are not clear

All the data on some of the tablets and phones seized as evidence is being wiped out, remotely, while they are in police custody.

Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Durham police all told BBC News handsets had been remotely „wiped“. And Dorset police said this had happened to six of the seized devices it had in custody, within one year.

The technology used was designed to allow owners to remove sensitive data from their phones if they are stolen.

Devices remotely wiped in police custodyAsked whether the police felt that the issue had damaged their investigation, the spokeswoman said: „We don’t know because we don’t know what was on the phone.“

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