More states embrace warrantless cell phone searches
A January decision by the Calif. Supreme Court made it legal to search an arrestee's cell phone without a warrant
By Amy Gahran
Think about all the data - photos, videos, text messages, calendar items, apps, call log, voice mail, and e-mail - on your cell phone right now. If you're arrested, could the police search your cell phone? And would they need a warrant?
That depends on which state you're in.
In California, it is legal for police to search an arrestee's cell phone without a warrant - ever since a January decision by the California Supreme Court.
California civil rights advocates are pushing back. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is supporting California Assembly Bill SB 914, which would require police in that state to get a warrant before searching an arrestee's cell phone.