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Cell Phone Freedom for Californians

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By LASIS Staff

In February, LASIS reporter Russell Smith wrote a scathing opinion piece criticizing a California Supreme Court decision which permitted police to warrantlessly search the cell phone of anyone placed under arrest. It appears that his persuasive reasoning has convinced California lawmakers to effectively overrule that decision. (Okay, the vast public outcry may have helped too.)

This week the California State Assembly passed a law banning warrantless search incidents to arrest for all portable devices that can transmit messages. That means that everything from cell phones to iPads to beepers (they still exist, right?) cannot be scrolled through by nosy police officers unless a judge authorizes them to do so.

In all, a resounding victory for personal privacy, the Fourth Amendment and sexters.

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