Saturday, March 1, 2014

Two New Decisions Strengthen Cell Phone Privacy in Texas and Washington

Source: EFF

EFF filed an amicus brief explaining that a cell phone really isn't anything like a pair of pants given the immense amount of data stored on the phone, meaning that police needed to get a warrant to search it. The Texas high agreed, with Judge Cathy Cochran writing unequivocally:

"[W]e conclude, as did the court of appeals, that a cell phone is not like a pair of pants or a shoe. Given modern technology and the incredible amount of personal information stored and accessible on a cell phone, we hold that a citizen does not lose his reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of his cell phone merely because that cell phone is being stored in a jail property room."

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