WHEN a suspect is apprehended, their computers, phones and other devices become important sources of evidence. But mining all that data – a typical case can involve several terabytes of information – takes time, and usually requires specially trained officers. Backlogs can delay investigations for weeks.
Not for much longer. A software package will soon be able to provide a list of a suspect's contacts, ranked in order of closeness, in a matter of hours. It works by searching and correlating the contact data in each of a person's devices. And with a simple browser-like interface, it is designed to be easy enough for any police officer to use.