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.
Court Says Warrants Required for Phone Location Data
An appellate court in Atlanta unanimously decided that police violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a suspected criminal by accessing his cell phone's location data without a warrant. Police investigating a string of robberies used a court order to obtain the suspect's cell phone data, which included details about the cell towers his phone connected to when making calls and gave away his general location.
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.
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.
Court: No Warrant Needed For Police to Snag Cell Location Data
A federal court ruled police can obtain cell phone location records from carriers without first getting a warrant. A Florida man, Quartavious Davis, convicted of seven armed robberies in 2010 argued the cell phone records used to place him in the vicinity of the robberies were protected under the Fourth Amendment.
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