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 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.
Californians All But Forbidden to Use Phones In Cars
California has outlawed almost all use of mobile devices in cars. California Governor Jerry Brown this week signed new legislation that expands the restrictions placed on mobile phone use in cars.
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.
Supreme Court Weighing Warrants for Cell Phone Location
The Supreme Court today heard a case regarding whether or not law enforcement can access certain types of cell location data without a warrant. Government agencies do not currently need a warrant when requesting location and other data held by phone companies thanks to a 1979 court case.
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!