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Feds beg Supreme Court to let them search phones

2014-04-23 21:58:33.975049+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant, because if phone users have a "kill switch", they can remotely wipe the phone even when it's in police custody.

Law enforcement officials ranging from New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to San Francisco District Attorney General George Gascón to several major city police commissioners have all pushed for a bill introduced in February by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar requiring the kill switches in all smartphones.

“You have this weird scenario where law enforcement has demanded remote wiping be deployed,” says ACLU principal technologist Chris Soghoian, “and now they’re using that to also justify warrantless searches.”

Ya know, if anonymous tips are now probable cause, we're already way the hell over the line.

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-04-25 00:52:25.18115+00 by: meuon [edit history]

This is why you keep older smartphones in the car. They can search my N900.. plus it's got good road trip music on it.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-04-30 13:47:47.917886+00 by: TheSHAD0W

A phone can't be wiped remotely while it's powered down, and they can prevent radio access when doing their forensics, so this is a non-problem.