New York May Require Phone Testing In Automobile Accidents

Posted: Apr 12 2016, 5:52pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News


New York May Require Phone Testing in Automobile Accidents
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Cellebrite is back in the habit. The Israeli mobile forensic company, who many believe assisted the FBI with cracking to the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, is working with New York State to create new legislation. 

The bill will require drivers that were involved in an accident to submit their phone for testing in order to see if it was used before or during the accident. The testing, which is dubbed a "textalyzer" would not access private information.

The reason for the privacy is to get around the Fourth Amendment right to privacy, which means that it would keep conversations, contacts, numbers, photos, and application data private. The only thing it will be able to tell is if it was used prior to the accident. They may also be able to tell if the driver was using hands-free dashboard technology. It is unsure if the testing will require a warrant.

Anyone who refuses to allow their phone to be tested will have their driver's license suspended, similar to the drunk driving and breathalyzer test.

Even though distracted driving has been found to be as dangerous as driving under the influence, 67% of U.S. drivers will still use a cell phone while they are behind the wheel.

One group, the Distracted Operators Risk Casualties, heavily lobbied for the bill, according to Ars Technica.

The bill has been dubbed "Evan's Law" in memory of 19-year-old Evan Lieberman.

His father, Ben, is a co-founder of the group and said, “The general public knows distracted driving is a problem, but if people knew the extent of the damage caused by this behavior, they would be amazed,” said Lieberman. “With our current laws, we’re not getting accurate information because the issue is not being addressed at the heart of the problem—with the people causing the collisions. I have often heard there is no such thing as a breathalyzer for distracted driving—so we created one. Respecting drivers’ personal privacy, however, is also important, and we are taking meticulous steps to not violate those rights.”

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