Contact Us

Court Upholds Warrantless Searching Of Cell Phones

CeBIT 2012 Technology Trade Fair
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

You cell phone says a lot of things and it says them all about you.  This is great as long as the FBI isn’t the one doing the listening.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has ruled that it is legal for police to search your cell phone without a warrant.  This means they can look at all your contacts, photos, texts, recent incoming and outgoing call and whatever else you have on the phone.

The case stems from an Indiana case where a man was arrested for dealing drugs.  During the arrest an office searched his phone for more information.  The court ruled the search was constitutional because the information was in danger of being destroyed.

Paul Coggins is the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Coggins says the court’s ruling pushes the envelope on privacy issues and wonders if it opens the door to more extensive searches down the road. “Does that mean officers now have the right to search through your phone, search through your search history, your photographs, your e-mails and the rest, because it could all be wiped clean,” Coggins asked.

Many critics are asking the same question. They call the ruling an invasion of privacy that far outweighs the needs of law enforcement.

This case seems certain to be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

For more see this source article.

Best of News Talk 940

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for VOA VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive VOA VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.