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In addition to most cellphones being the center of a “techies” universe, the iPhone is particularly impressive with cops because evidence on the phone is NEVER deleted!

According to an article in the SunTimes, the sophisticated cell phone and mobile computer is becoming as popular with police as it is with consumers because it can provide investigators with so much information that can help in solving crimes.

The devices can help police learn where you’ve been, what you were doing there and whether you’ve got something to hide. And while some phone users routinely delete information from their devices, that step is seldom as final as it seems. And if you’re doing something criminal, something about your crime is probably going to go through that phone:

Clearing out user histories isn’t enough to clean the device of that data, said John B. Minor, a member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners.

Just as users can take and store a picture of their iPhone’s screen, the phone itself automatically shoots and stores hundreds of such images as people close out one application to use another.

“Those screen snapshots can contain images of e-mails or proof of activities that might be inculpatory or exculpatory,” Minor said.