Yet according to Comments there, this is not news.
What I found interesting in the Comments was a link to a presentation about webOS.
From this presentation [PDF link; Save As...].
Which shouldn’t really be surprising. That’s historically how deleting a file has worked with computers. Want to get rid of all traces? Get a specialized program that will overwrite the stuff.
What bugs me about this is the Michigan State Trooper practice of cloning a phone if you’re stopped by a Trooper for any reason at all.
But why should that bother any of you? You’ll put up with TSA gate rape, so why not phone rape too?