Police May Examine Your Phone With New Textalyzer

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We all know texting and driving is a big issue and concern with law enforcement.

But now, there is a potential bill in New York State that would allow police to examine your phone, to see what you were doing moments before the incident.

Cellebrite, the company working on this technology said, “A key part of the legislation involves new ‘Textalyzer’ technology that will allow officers to detect whether or not the device was being used around the time of a crash, but will not provide access to any content—keeping conversations, contacts, numbers, photos, and application data private.”

15862-a-teen-girl-texting-while-driving-pvOne of the groups that is backing this new law is the Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORC). They bring awareness of the families who have been impacted by accidents caused by distracted driving.

“The general public knows distracted driving is a problem, but if people knew the extent of the damage caused by this behavior, they would be amazed.”

“The general public knows distracted driving is a problem, but if people knew the extent of the damage caused by this behavior, they would be amazed,” Ben Lieberman the co-founder of DORC said in Cellebrite’s press release. “With our current laws, we’re not getting accurate information because the issue is not being addressed at the heart of the problem—with the people causing the collisions.”

The bill right now only allows the phone analyzation if there is an accident. But if this is successful, I wonder how long it will take for that law to change and open the door to other driving violations.

I imagine Cellebrite will need one heck of a legal department. They will have to
prepare themselves to be dragged into court time and time again. Their accuracy will be challenged and questioned by the defense, and any little loophole in the technology could render the evidence inadmissible.

All sorts of questions will be brought up. With platforms constantly changing, and apps continually needing to be updated, the company will need to be testing and retesting their technology continually.

I personally think this will open a big can of worms legally. I guess we will keep watch. The first case using this technology will be interesting if the bill passes.

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