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Police push for warrantless searches of cell phones

A San Mateo County judge is scheduled to hear testimony on Thursday morning in this case, which could set new ground rules for when police can conduct warrantless searches of iPhones, laptops, and similarly capacious electronic gadgets.

Feasel said the county's position is that a search of a handheld device that takes place soon after an arrest is lawful.

Attorneys for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the San Francisco civil liberties group that's representing Taylor, have asked the court to suppress any evidence obtained from the search of his iPhone. They say the search was "unconstitutional" because it was done without a warrant--and they say it also may have violated a 1986 federal law designed to protect the privacy of e-mail messages

February 18, 2010 4:00 AM PST
Police push for warrantless searches of cell phones
by Declan McCullagh


If You're Using a Computer for Organizing 22.Feb.2010 08:37

Antinomias Vermont

Learn how to use Linux or one of the BSDs-- I prefer the BSDs, but there are more applications for Linux-- and encrypt your data partition. It may be a bit of work to learn a new operating system, but it may also keep you or your comrades out of jail.