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Seriously, what the hell! This can't be constitutional!
The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can search the cell phone of a person who's been arrested -- including text messages -- without obtaining a warrant, and use that data as evidence. The ruling opens up disturbing possibilities, such as broad, warrantless searches of e-mails, documents and contacts on smart phones, tablet computers, and perhaps even laptop computers, according to legal expert Mark Rasch.
the majority likened cell phone inspection to police inspection of a cigarette pack taken from a suspect, which was ruled a legal search in a prior case. A second ruling was cited involving the search of clothing removed from a suspect.
I agree that it shouldn't be allowed, but the criminal courts have said otherwise.
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Yet another state joins the ranks of the increasingly fascist states of America. It's an invasion of privacy and thwarts the constitution against illegal search and seizure. Write to Governor Ric Snyder (R) and voice your concern;
Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 - Constituent Services
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (another republican, go figure) also had a problem with recognizing our constitutional rights when he authorized warantless cell phone tracking;
(ACLU says Chris Christie authorized warrantless cellphone tracking)
California's Supreme Court has also sanctioned search and seizure of cell phone data, but only if you're arrested (which is pretty easy these days);
(Court: No warrant needed to search cell phone)
Texas also engaged in warantless cell phone snooping, and has also taken data from cell phones for traffic stops;
(Cops Can Search You…and Your Phone’s Memory) (Gizmodo.com, 2008)
Originally posted by midwest
For those of you with iPhones, please follow these steps when getting pulled over in Michigan:
Quickly open Settings > General > Reset. Push the "Erase All Content and Settings" button. Confirm by pressing "Erase" twice from the popup dialog. Your device will be securely erased, destroying all encryption keys and making the data garbled and useless.
If you regularly sync your iPhone with iTunes, it should be keeping a backup of your data. When you get home, plug the iPhone into your computer, and select "Restore from Backup." Select your most recent backup and proceed with the reinstall.
Alternatively, if say your significant other is in the car, they can help you too. Ahead of time, install this app from Apple called "Find My iPhone." Register both devices under a single Apple account on each device. Then if the time comes and the cop is too fast, quickly grabbing your cell phone, or you forget to wipe and they take it, have your significant other discreetly open Find My iPhone, click on the blue chevron next to your device, and select "Remote Wipe." This will remotely self-destruct your iPhone's data and there is nothing their spy equipment can do to stop it. Then don't forget to have your SO wipe their device too.
Hope this helps! Screw you big brother!
Originally posted by kro32
What exactly have they done that's illegal? According to the report nobody knows what exactly has been done, it just states that the aclu would like to see records of how they were used.
Quit putting the cart before the horse and reserve critical judgement till you have all the facts.