Court: Warrantless cell phone searches legal!!!

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PostThu Mar 01, 2012 10:47 pm » by Jet17


Basically on the surface it looks like they will just bring your phone into their squad car to look for a number.

under the surface, these police are curious humans who don't always follow protocol.

in the reality, this is another infringement of your rights, by giving police a right to enter personal property without probable cause.

make sure you have app lockers, and app hiders secured on your phone now with password protected software.



Court: Warrantless cell phone searches legal

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-573887 ... hes-legal/

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Decision means that police can search cell phones for their number without first needing a warrant

Police don't need a warrant to search a cell phone for its number, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The decision, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeal for the 7th Circuit, stems from an Indiana case where prosecutors used evidence that police found on cell phones at the arrest scene to convict a suspect on drug charges.

Police had subpoenaed three months of each cell phone's call history to gather evidence on one of the defendants in the case, Abel Flores-Lopez. Defense attorneys appealed their client's 10-year prison sentence, arguing that the police should have requested a search warrant before searching Flores-Lopez's phone. They maintained that any evidence obtained from the phone company thus was the fruit of an illegal search and therefore should be ruled inadmissible.

The three-judge panel was unpersuaded.

"It's not even clear that we need a rule of law specific to cell phones or other computers. If police are entitled to open a pocket diary to copy the owner's address, they should be entitled to turn on a cell phone to learn its number," they wrote in the opinion.

The justices likened the cell phone to a diary, saying that since police were entitled to open a pocket diary to find an owner's address, they similarly should be allowed to turn on a cell phone to obtain its number.

"So opening the diary found on the suspect whom the police have arrested, to verify his name and address and discover whether the diary contains information relevant to the crime for which he has been arrested, clearly is permissible; and what happened in this case was similar but even less intrusive, since a cell phone's phone number can be found without searching the phone's contents, unless the phone is password-protected-and on some cell phones even if it is."

The court offered up a scenario in which they said that the defendant's associates conceivably could have learned about the arrests and remotely wiped the cell phones clean before the government was able to get a warrant permitting investigators to conduct a search.

They described the authorities' ability to obtain the cell phone's phone number quickly as a "modest cost" in privacy invasion.

"Armed with that number the officers could obtain the call history at their leisure, and the defendant does not deny that if the number was lawfully obtained the subpoenaing of the call history from the phone company was also lawful and the history thus obtained could therefore properly be used in evidence against him," the justices wrote.

A similar issue surfaced around a 2004 arrest by San Francisco police as part of a marijuana investigation. The police searched the mobile phones of three of the five men they arrest but without first requesting a warrant. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston, later ruled that the SFPD's warrantless search was not permissible.
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PostFri Mar 02, 2012 5:30 am » by Tgwusauk


Nothing is illegal in their eyes, their motto should be, we are above and beyond the law.

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PostFri Mar 02, 2012 6:00 am » by Jet17


tgwusauk wrote:Nothing is illegal in their eyes, their motto should be, we are above and beyond the law.



for most that is very true.

that is why this ruling isnt harmless as they are making it out to be.
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