Justice Department auditors have found deficiencies that have the potential for abuse at the FBI's forensic computer lab in New Jersey.

Auditors examined operations and training at the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory in Hamilton, which helps law enforcement in the state examine computer evidence related to crimes and cyberterrorism.

Staff members attend an event where Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivered remarks at the opening ceremony of the new U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team/National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center facility October 30, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The audit found kiosks which allow users to quickly and easily view data stored on cellphones to use as evidence were vulnerable to abuse. That's because forms used at the center did not require users to confirm they had the legal authority to conduct the search. Some users also did not certify they had been trained to examine cellphones.

Officials say the lab has since implemented a new mandatory electronic form to better record searches.

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