Judge Says Police Can Search Cells for Phone Numbers
Police officers in the U.S. can search a suspect's cell phone for that particular phone's number, as well as for the numbers stored in the contact application, without having to acquire a warrant. The decision was reached in the U.S. Court of Appeals over a case in which a suspect claimed that arresting officers searched his phone, violating his Fourth Amendment rights regarding unreasonable searches. The judge rejected the claim, saying that just as police would be allowed to look at an address book on the desk of a suspect's home, so can they look up the phone numbers on a cell phone. They cannot, however, search through messages and files on the phone.
Google Improves Inbox Search
Google today updated its Inbox application with new search tools that should make certain types of information easier to find. For example, when searching for a tracking number Inbox will automatically find tracking numbers buried within emails and show the numbers and the corresponding messages at the top of search results.
Judge Says Law Enforcement Needs Warrant to Use Stingrays
A federal judge has tossed evidence discovered by Drug Enforcement Administration officers after they used a Stingray to locate a suspect without a warrant. The case involves a drug trafficking ring in New York City.
Supreme Court Says Warrant Required for Cell-Based Location Searches
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement must generally obtain a search warrant in order to track people via cell phone towers.
Court Rules Cell Location Data Fair Game
The U.S. Court of Appeals has sided with the government and ruled that law enforcement can gather cell location records without first obtaining a warrant.
Supreme Court to Weigh Accessibility of Cell Location Data
The Supreme Court today said it will hear a case regarding whether or not law enforcement can access certain types of cell location data without a warrant. As it stands today, the government does not need to get a warrant when seeking location and other information held by phone companies.
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