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Can the Police Search Your Cell Phone Without A Warrant?
Cell phone search, cell phone privacy, police search, privacy
As our "offline" lives continue to merge with our online profiles, we must create a call to action to revise electronic privacy laws developed in the 1986 before the internet even became available for public use. Two recent cases of cell phone privacy have brought a dilemma before the supreme court as to where personal property search and seizure begins. At the current time, the best interpretation of the law states anything carried on your person is subject to search and seizure without a warrant. However, as our society becomes more mobile every day, our cell phones carry an immense amount of data about our daily lives. The Supreme Court's decision becomes even more complicated as the legal grey areas are revealed regarding the possibility of searching cloud storage that is accessed on a cell phone. If you have a Facebook app on your phone, can police randomly search all Facebook posts via your Facebook app on your smartphone? If they were to conduct an official search of all Facebook data elsewhere, they would need a search warrant.
As our lives continue to become shifted to an online visible and searchable environment, we must reconsider the implications of allowing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act developed in 1986 to go without revision. The law that protects our cell phone privacy (http://www.netsearch411.com), online privacy, cell phone number logs, and a variety of other electronic device searches is older than the Internet, and Facebook. Isn't it about time we call for this outdated law to be revised?
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