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(Detroit Free Press) — A civil rights organization is urging the Michigan State Police to release information about devices it has that are capable of quickly extracting all kinds of information from cell phones.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says it has been battling the state for information about the devices for three years and worries the tool is being used to obtain information unlawfully.  In a statement Wednesday, the State Police said the devices are used only if a search warrant is obtained or the person in possession of the phone consents and are not used to extract personal information from citizens during routine traffic stops. The devices, the statement says, are to “only be used by MSP specialty teams on criminal cases, such as crimes against children.”

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