Huge decision came down from the Supreme Court last week, which will not
make the Police happy. Law Enforcement cannot search your cellphone without
a warrant. In Riley v. California case, the defendant was stopped by the
police and was arrested, and incident to his arrest his cellphone was
searched and other criminal information regarding weapons was obtained.
California Appeals Court upheld the search, but the Supreme Court said
no: "The police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital
information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested."
This is interesting, because although California is perceived as a liberal
state, the Courts are tough on crime and decisions have been in compliance
with the Police Action as long as criminals are caught at the expense
of sweeping privacy invasions by law enforcement. The decision is a click away.