Cellebrite's Textalyzer can tell the cops if you were texting and driving before an accident

Cellebrite's Textalyzer can tell the cops if you were texting and driving before an accident
Your very own smartphone might tattle on you in front of the police thanks to Cellebrite's new Textalyzer. This feature would tell the cops whether a driver had been texting just before getting involved in an accident. In that regard, the textalyzer machine is similar to a breathlyzer in that it can be used at the scene of an accident to help determine whether the driver is culpable.

Cellebrite is the Israeli software company that is believed to have helped the FBI crack open Syed Farook's Apple iPhone 5c. And while texting and driving is a completely different issue than trying to force Apple to unlock an iPhone, the legal system is involved here too. New York legislators are trying to get a bill passed that would force the drivers in an accident to turn over their phones to be analyzed for signs of distracted driving.

The big deal with Cellebrite's new system is that it could reveal if someone was driving while texting without giving up too much information to the cops. A previous machine created by the company also spilled the beans if a driver was using his phone while behind the wheel. But it also gave the police the ability to scour for information that it had no business knowing.

If Cellebrite's new machine does become a tool for law enforcement, drivers will have to worry about being turned in to the cops by their own smartphone. For many that would be the ultimate betrayal.

source: AndroidAuthority



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Lol the ultimate betrayal.

2. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Well.. Not really betrayal but a call for responsible driving behaviors.. We humans somehow are funny characters.. We want full YOLO anything without CAPS... Which ain't really possible

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

GREAT..... now make them pay fines 500-times fold, if they proven do that.. that will help them learn something

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Well, what if I take my call thru my cars audio system via BT and hands free Siri. What if I text the same way - hands free/eyes free using Siri (or google now). Accidents happen and not always because you're distracted. What if I got a text but decided to ignore it, got into an accident for anothe reason - will this mechanism show up that I got a text and attribute it to texting while driving? This is WRONG!!! there's too much grey area, and there's still a law that if they want any info they better have a warrant to go thru it. A shortcut to getting info thru some law is unconstitutional.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

we can find grey area always here & there on most of laws, thats why we have court :-/ and for handsfree text using siri/google now.. dont worry about that, both save usage/history log, they even store anything you whisper to it in their own server..

6. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Isn't this pointless? From articles I've read recently, people have moved to WhatsApp and similar messaging apps instead of text. PS. Phonearena I'm now looking for an advert blocker after everything on this page crawled to a stop, and then up popped a video advert for for Wickes, filling the screen. Because I had zoomed in I I couldn't immediately find the close button. Wickes has also lost my trade.

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