Morning Security Brief: Cell Phone Records, Social Media, Tracking Chemicals, Hurricane Preparedness, and More

By Carlton Purvis

 ►Police routinely copy the contents of suspects’ cell phones when they are in custody, according to media reports. The original story, broken by the Sunday Times, said that police are using off-the-shelf technology to get access to and store a person’s call history, text messages, and contacts, then adding them to a database. “The Metropolitan Police is using a product called Aceso made by British company Radiotactics,” The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports.

►Eighty percent of law enforcement personnel use social media in their investigations. Eighty-seven percent of the time warrants for social media information hold up in court when challenged. The social networks most used for investigations are Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. See more facts about how law enforcement is using social media in investigations in an infographic from

►Peru says it will begin using GPS to monitor trucks carrying chemicals to keep them from being diverted to drug traffickers. The country will assign strict routes for trucks carrying chemicals and require them to carry GPS systems. Vehicles that deviate from the assigned routes will be seized, their cargo confiscated, and their owner subject to prosecution.

►In other news, nine people, including four firefighters were hospitalized after 300 gallons of hydrochloric acid leaked a storage facility in Texas. ♦ Fighting continues through Syria’s scheduled truce. ♦ And the Department of Health and Human Services warns against inland flooding from hurricanes (see video).


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