Apple iPhone Forensics: Significant Locations

by Patrick Siewert, Principal Consultant, Pro Digital Forensic Consulting

I recently attended a conference of civil litigators in Virginia. During the cocktail hour and after a very interactive CLE presentation on “Leveraging Data in Insurance Fraud Investigations”, I was talking with a few attendees about the different types of data available to them in their investigation and litigation of insurance fraud claims. Admittedly, I was taken aback when one of the attorneys mentioned to me the “Significant Locations” that are logged on iPhones and showed me the locations on his. This is probably because I have most (or all) location services turned off on my personal device, so I’d never given it much thought. However, the conversation brought up the question, are these artifacts available through forensic data extraction and analysis? And if so or if not, how do we access them? What value might they serve in both criminal and civil investigations?

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