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These Are the States Where Cops Can Search Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

If the police arrest you, can they search your cell phone? Well, it depends on which state you’re in. The hot privacy issue has been debated on a local level across the country: In some states, your phone can be searched without a warrant if you’re arrested, in others, police will need a warrant, just ┬álike they would need one to search your home. This map from Forbes and the Electronic Frontier Foundation highlights the states where your phone can be searched if you’re arrested (in red), where police need a warrant to look inside your phone (blue), and those where no precedent has yet been set (yellow).

Cell Phone Search by State

(See the full interactive map on Forbes)

Most of us have nothing to hide, but warrant-less searches of personal/private property is a serious issue. As Forbes says:

Having the right to look through phones means police could take a suspect into custody for the chance to search the many planets of intel in a Samsung Galaxy for evidence, or could wind up stumbling upon something incriminating on a Droid while arresting its owner for being at a protest or rally.

Encrypting the data on your smartphone might provide another measure of protection in these cases. (Even if you don’t fear police searches on your phone, encrypting the data on it still adds another layer of security.) What do you think?

Source: About.com
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(See the full interactive map on Forbes)

Most of us have nothing to hide, but warrant-less searches of personal/private property is a serious issue. As Forbes says:

Having the right to look through phones means police could take a suspect into custody for the chance to search the many planets of intel in a Samsung Galaxy for evidence, or could wind up stumbling upon something incriminating on a Droid while arresting its owner for being at a protest or rally.

Encrypting the data on your smartphone might provide another measure of protection in these cases. (Even if you don't fear police searches on your phone, encrypting the data on it still adds another layer of security.) What do you think?

Source: About.com
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