What law enforcement can learn from your smartphone

12:37 PM ETCNBC.comSHARES

Cell phone secrets

CNBC’s Andrea Day reports on one firm’s ability to extract personal information from a user’s smartphone, even after it’s been deleted.

You may not realize it, but your smartphone contains a wealth of information. Everything from texts and e-mails to where you go, plus health and sleep information.

That includes data you’ve deleted.

“Even though you’ve deleted the content, it’s actually still there, and the file system still can see it,” said James Aquilina, a former federal prosecutor.

That data has become a source of debate as law enforcement fights devicemakers like Apple for access for the purpose of criminal investigations.

No matter where you stand on privacy issues, law enforcement has many tools to recover deleted information.

“We can

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