According to the California Supreme Court, police officers no longer need a warrant to search your cell phone. This new ruling comes after the conviction of Gregory Diaz, who was arrested for selling ecstasy after police found an incriminating text on his phone.
Diaz and other opponents of the ruling claim that the warrantless search of his device violated his Fourth Amendment rights, but the new court ruling states that the phone was “immediately associated” with Diaz and therefore did not require a warrant to seize. The court’s decision wasn’t unanimous, with two justices citing potential privacy issues in their dissent.
Seeing as mobile phones often contain everything from private text messages to saved passwords, this ruling opens the door to a whole new world of potential privacy invasions. Whether you live in California or not, tell us your thoughts by voting in our poll.
via ars technica