Due to the growing use of mobile telephony and hence use of mobile devices, a lot of forensic evidence can be collected from these devices. Due to the delicate nature of digital information it is important to ensure that procedures used in collecting the data safeguard it. There are also high standards in allowing the use of digital evidence in court proceedings.

It is therefore important to ensure that all evidence collected is handled in a forensically sound way to ensure it is preserved. Different investigators apply different Cell Phone Forensic Guidelines. This is to ensure no data is lost and that all data collected can be used in court. Depending on the device different methods may be used to collect forensic data. Below you will find the general guidelines on collection and treatment of forensic evidence.

The guidelines that exist for collecting forensic evidence from cell phones are divided in to five steps. These steps are meant to preserve the authenticity of forensic evidence. Qualified investigators must ensure that they adhere to these guidelines. These steps include:


This stage involves seizure and securing of the cell phone using forensically sound means. It is important to ensure that any evidence collected in the field is secured to safeguard it.  While in transit the phone should be kept in a package that blocks all radio signals to ensure no commands are received from external sources. Acquisition: This step involves getting data from the mobile device. Private detectives use various specialised data extraction tools including software and hardware. The investigator must have the required tools such as data cables to connect the phone to the computer being used to extract the data. Other tools include chargers if required and software that can be used to by-pass any passwords successfully. Acquisition of data may require copying and should be done by a professional investigator.

Examination And Analysis

This is the most time consuming task. Private investigators use available software to extract data from the mobile device. The extracted data is then ran through various software to be correlated and any relationships are derived. This analysis verifies the data and measures authenticity of the data.  Reporting: This is the final step in the process. The private investigator will provide you with a detailed report of all findings. This report will be as determined at the beginning of the assignment.

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