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Judge Says Police Can Search Cells for Phone Numbers

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Mar 1, 2012, 11:59 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

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Mar 1, 2012, 10:54 PM

Lock your phone with a password.

That makes them require a warrant.
Actually..... passwords don't prevent access
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/michigan-police-cel ... »

Check it out...
That's BS. So does that mean if you get pulled over and you loosely fit a description the police can say "Hey, let me look through your phone contacts?"
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