On Warrantless cell phone searches spread to more states, by Amy Gahran: Think about all the data — photos, videos, text messages, calendar items, apps, call log, voice mail, and e-mail — on your cell phone right now. If you're arrested, could the police search your cell phone? And would they need a warrant? That depends on which state you're in. In California, it is legal for police to search an arrestee's cell phone without a warrant — ever since a January decision by the California Supreme Court. California civil rights advocates are pushing back. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is supporting California Assembly Bill SB 914, which would require police in that state to get a warrant before searching an arrestee's cell phone. EFF also recently filed an amicus brief in the Oregon case of James Tyler Nix, a criminal suspect who was arrested and placed in a holding cell. [I'm wrapping up a three day trial tomorrow, so I'm behind on case postings.]

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