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September 27, 2011
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Warrantless cell phone searches banned in Calif.

Under a new law, police must obtain a search warrant when there is probable cause to believe an electronic device contains evidence

Amy Gahran
CNN.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If you get arrested in California for any reason, the photos, e-mails and other personal data on your cell phone are now a bit safer from prying police eyes. A new law now requires law- enforcement officers in that state to obtain a warrant before searching the cell phone of a person placed under arrest.

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Full story: Warrantless cell phone searches banned in Calif.






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