No Warrant Needed by Police to Search Phones, Says Calif.
The California Supreme Court recently ruled that police have the right to search the cell phones of anyone taken into custody. Citing U.S. law, the California Supreme Court noted, "This loss of privacy allows police not only to seize anything of importance they find on the arrestee's body... but also to open and examine what they find." The ruling was approved with a 5-2 vote. The dissenting justices said that the law shouldn't be extended to cover cell phones, which can carry extensive amounts of personal and business information. A year ago, an Ohio court reached the opposite conclusion, and said that police had violated the rights of a man whose cell phone was searched during an arrest. With opposing rulings made by different states, it could spur the U.S. Supreme Court to take the matter into its own hands.
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.
Supreme Court Won't Weigh In On Phone Location Warrants
The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to review an appeal concerning the use of search warrants for cellphone location data.
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.
California to Require Warrants for Stingrays
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that prohibits the government from snooping on citizens' electronic communications without first obtaining a warrant. The law, called the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, forbids the government from "accessing electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device." For example, police will no longer be able to use stingrays unless they get permission from a judge to do so.
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