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From mobile phones to court – A complete FORensic investigation chain targeting MOBILE devices

Project description

Fighting crime with mobile technology, mobile forensics standard and training

Criminals commonly use mobile phones to communicate information on illegal activities. Therefore, accessing materials contained on phones is crucial for fighting crime. The data, which law enforcement agencies (LEAs) aim to recover includes call history, chat messages, web browser history, email, contacts and GPS location information. FORMOBILE reviews the current mobile forensics and assesses the requirements of LEAs for future improvements. With respect to the GDPR the consortium produces new tools to unlock, acquire and decode previously unattainable data. A new standard, containing best practices, will guide through the existing documentation. Training will support both initiatives. The goals are to create an end-to-end investigation chain for mobile devices, maximising the use of digital evidence to support criminal investigation and prosecution.


Mobile devices, especially smartphones represent a unique challenge for law enforcement. Criminal offenders use phones to communicate, coordinate, organise and execute criminal actions. This is especially true for organised crime and terrorist organisations. This development provides new challenges for criminal prosecution and it is vital to empower law enforcement to access the data stored on mobile devices to use it as court evidence in a trustworthy and reliable manner. The overarching objective of FORMOBILE is to establish a complete end to end forensic investigation chain, targeting for mobile devices. To achieve this goal three objectives will be pursued. Novel tools shall be developed that include the acquisition of previously unavailable mobile data, unlocking mobile devices, as well as the decoding and analysis of mobile data. Based on the definition of requirements of law enforcement and legal and ethical issues a new mobile forensics standard shall be developed. With the developments of the new standard and the new tools, training for police and criminal prosecution will be established, providing the end users with the latest knowledge in a novel and an innovative curriculum to ensure a quality standard of investigations. The European Union has developed as a Security Union, building on the European Agenda on Security. This aims to ensure that people live in an area of freedom, security and justice, without internal frontiers. To strengthen digital forensics in the context of criminal investigations is crucial to achieve this vision. FORMOBILE contributes to the fight against virtually all forms of crime. This is because mobile devices are widely used in crimes, especially in the arrangement of conspiracies. Yet, there are crimes more closely related to mobile devices; this includes child abuse and emerging forms of cybercrime in particular. To fight crime effectively, law enforcement has to be empowered to access all evidence stored on mobile devices.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 183 791,39
09648 Mittweida

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Sachsen Chemnitz Mittelsachsen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 183 791,39

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