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Warrantless Search of Cell Phones By PolicePosted Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 9:23 AM
Similar to the practice of placing a GPS monitoring device on a suspect's car without a warrant (which was prohibited last year by the US Supreme Court---I think I blogged about that), Courts are now wrestling with the issue of whether or not the police should be able to search through information stored on an arrestee's phone.
The following is an article about this from the New York Times.
With the advent of "smart phones" and the ability to synchronize data with home and office computers, many of these devices carry an incredible amount of information, including passwords, user names, and even client or customer notes and information.
Do you think the police should be able to rummage through someone's cell phone for information without first obtaining a search warrant?
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Police Must Obtain A Search Warrant Before Searching Cell Phones
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