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posted by janrinok on Monday April 28 2014, @08:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the toss-of-a-coin dept.

The US Supreme Court is to rule on warrant-less searches of electronic devices. Law Enforcement (LE) want access, without warrants, to electronic devices of everybody arrested.

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will take on the digital-age controversy over search and seizure of smart-phones and other devices. In two cases coming before the court, warrant-less searches of an electronic device not only provided the basis for criminal prosecutions but also strayed from the original reason for the arrests in question. President Barack Obama's administration and prosecutors from states across the country have lobbied for police officers to be able to search arrestees' gadgets - at or about the time of arrest - without a warrant. Such action, however, demands an examination of the Fourth Amendment's protection against "unreasonable searches and seizures." If nine out of 10 American adults own mobile phones and the devices have advanced to become virtual extensions of our personal and private lives, at what point does LE's access to their call logs, photos, and cloud-hosted data become "unreasonable" invasions of constitutionally protected privacy?

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  • (Score: 2) by jelizondo on Tuesday April 29 2014, @04:23AM

    by jelizondo (653) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday April 29 2014, @04:23AM (#37513) Journal

    I share your worry, it probably will end in another setback for human rights, constitutionally protected rights, but not in vogue right now.

    I'm not a lawyer (yet!) but it seems that ISPs and other telecom providers should be treated as lawyers, doctors and others. Your doctor might have heard about your evil plans, but he is bound by confidentiality and can not give testimony against you.

    Forcing those third parties into confidentiality would solve the problem easily.(I think, I wish.)

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