|The law has a new high-tech stool pigeon reporting criminal activities, writes Amber Hunt.|
Got an iPhone in your bag? Chances are you may be storing even more personal information than you realise, and some of it could be used against you if you're ever charged with a crime.
A burgeoning field of forensic study deals with iPhones specifically because of their popularity, the demographics of those who own them and what the phone's technology records during its use.
''Very, very few people have any idea how to actually remove data from their phone,'' said Sam Brothers, a mobile-phone forensic researcher with US Customs and Border Protection, who teaches law-enforcement agents how to retrieve information from iPhones in criminal cases.
|TRACKING YOUR EVERY MOVE|
Every time an iPhone user closes the built-in mapping application, the phone snaps a screenshot and stores it.
iPhone photos are embedded with tags and identifying information, so photos posted online might include GPS co-ordinates of where the picture was taken and the serial number of the phone that took it.
Even more information is stored by the applications themselves, including the user's browser history, which could prove useful to police.