GPS evidence is the most critical evidence for cases when the location is important. GPS data shows movement patterns over months or years, or be used to identify whereabouts at a specific date and time. In criminal cases, it will connect a person to the scene of a crime, or prove they were miles away.
GPS evidence also applies to civil cases of fault and liability. For example, there was a tragic automobile accident case involving four vehicles, fatalities, and serious injuries. In this case, GPS location data proved the driver was returning from Walgreens (buying milk for his baby), not from the local tavern.
Prevalence of GPS Evidence
Smartphones are replete with GPS location information. For example, whenever you take a photo, GPS coordinates are captured by default. Additionally, many apps running on an iPhone or Android capture location information in the background.
Example: If you have an iPhone, open “Settings.” Under the “Privacy” settings, choose “Location Services.” See the applications on your phone that track your GPS location. Here are a few examples:
- Dragon Go!
- Google Maps
- Happy Cow
- JotNot Pro
- MyAT&T Bus
- Siri & Dictation
- The Weather
Using Digital Forensics to Collect & Preserve GPS Data
We work with almost any type of smartphone or GPS device, no matter its condition. Frequently our forensics experts recover all existing and even previously deleted data.
We handle the data extraction remotely. This means we will ship you our BlackBox and conduct the forensics examination remotely. Then, you return the BlackBox to us using our pre-paid shipping label and box. Once complete, we provide you with an Evidence Report for easy legal review.
We have worked with GPS data for years now, and we have access to some of the latest technology, so we can effectively extract data from various devices with ease.