Once the mobile device is ready to be seized, the forensic specialist should seal the device in an appropriate container and label it appropriately according to agency specifications.

Due to the volatile nature of some mobile devices, check them immediately into a forensic laboratory for processing and discuss the power requirements with the evidence custodian. Battery-powered devices held in storage for more than a day risk power depletion and data loss unless a process is in place to avoid this outcome.

Storage facilities that hold evidence should provide a cool, dry environment appropriate for valuable electronic equipment. All evidence should be in sealed containers in a secure area with controlled access.


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