Careless drivers are always quick to deny using their phone during a crash. Soon law enforcement officials may be able to prove a driver was fiddling with their screen thanks to the Textalyzer.
“Just like police use a breathalyzer to check your blood alcohol level, the Textalyzer checks your phone activity and crucially, ascertains if you were using it at the time of the incident being investigated,” states a Digital Trends article by Bruce Brown. “That’s bad news if you’re in a state, county, or town where phone use while driving is illegal. Even where hands-on cell phone usage isn’t prohibited while driving, a police record of your activity could matter in civil suits.”
Just like a breathalyzer can detect alcohol in your bloodstream, the Textalyzer can tell if a phone has been accessed, including call logs, text messages and media files. It could be a great resource for an investigating officer, but privacy watchdogs have raised alarm bells despite assurances all personal data – which usually requires a warrant to obtain – would be blacked out.
The Textalyzer hasn’t yet been approved for use in the United States, though it is a device we’re sure many police services are itching to get their hands on.