posted on Oct, 6 2011 @ 11:38 PM
As I used to repair cell phones for a crust here are some tips.
If you have a keypad lock (pin) and sensitive data always use it. USe your power up password as well.
If you have sensitive data and a person requests your phone without a warrant and just cause switch it off or remove the battery as you hand it over.
They can then go through the process of getting a warrant where they will have to argue just cause. If your phone is locked it is the same as if your
boot is locked. They need a warrant and just cause.
Be polite and let them know you will be happy to provide information after you have discussed your rights with a lawyer.
If they want to steal your phone take their plates and badge number. They will take it to a phone repair shop and try to unlock. In most cases this
will result in all data being lost because of the factory reset.
Often we would have law officers come into our shop without a warrant and ask that we unlock a suspects phone. (No warrant and of course expecting a
freebee.) The manager would always comply we would look at it and say all data would be lost if we reset the password. They would need to do it
through proper channels and be able to explain the cost to their forensics team. All in all hope this helps.
BTWs I have respect for the LEOs doin the tough job and doing it right. However there is a process which must be followed and laws which they must
also follow. You can't stand as a figurehead of the law and flaunt it at the same time. Password protect people password protect. This will also
protect your account if your phone is ever misplaced or stolen
edit on 6-10-2011 by Shirak because: spelling