Arrested? Cell phone searches are legal

Add cell phones to the list of searchable items during an arrest. First of all, why are you getting arrested to begin with? Plus, are you really dumb enough to store your criminal plans on your cell phone? “Appointment: 11pm buy drugs, 11:30pm drug chick at bar …” I mean, WTF? Have drug dealers joined the rest of us in the 2.0 world?

Excuse me while erase the porn off of my phone.

“Here’s a frightening but real proposition: if you are caught breaking certain traffic laws, not only do police have the right to search you—they can go through all your electronic data as well—your text messages, call histories, browsing history, downloaded emails and photos. In a recent academic paper, South Texas Assistant Professor Adam Gershowitz explains that because many traffic violations are arrestable offenses, just as a cop could search your pockets for drugs, said cop can also search your pockets for a smartphone and go through all its contents. The same is true for any standard arrest, and given the amount of data in current smartphones, it’s a scary proposition (even for law-abiding citizens like us).” (link)

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