California Governor Vetoes Cell Phone Search Law
California Governor Edmund "Jerry" Brown has vetoed a law that would have required law enforcement to obtain a warrant before searching cell phones. Brown said that the decision on warrantless searches was better left to the courts to decide, and not him. "The courts are better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizure protections," the governor wrote in a letter to the state senate. This means that people who are detained or arrested by police in the state of California will have to make their phones available for search if the phone is on their person at the time their arrest.
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.
Supreme Court Says Police Must Get Warrant to Search Phones
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that police must obtain a warrant before they can search the cell phones of people they arrest.
Warrant Required for Stingray Use in Washington
Washington Governor Jay Inslee today signed a bill mandating that law enforcement obtain a warrant before using stingray devices within the state's borders. The law, which goes into effect immediately, is one of the strongest in the country as it requires police to describe how the stingray will be used to collect data.
California Signs Smartphone Kill Switch Into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that will mandate all smartphones to come with a kill switch by July 2015. The law's goal is to curb smartphone thefts.
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.
Please don't get me started
I know I'll sleep better at night knowing these guys are looking out for me!
This ONLY applies to those Under Arrest or Detention
This law states they can search your phone AFTER you've been arrested or legally detained pursuant to arrest without a warrent.
Expect cops to try and stretch the meaning of this law to include them searching your phone during a traffic stop or other contact. And expect knowledgeable citizens to tell them to go pound sand!