Oct 102011
 
 October 10, 2011  Featured News, Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

David Kravets reports:

California Gov. Jerry Brown is vetoing legislation requiring police to obtain a court warrant to search the mobile phones of suspects at the time of any arrest.

The Sunday veto, announced Monday, means that when police arrest anybody in the Golden State, they may search that person’s mobile phone — which in the digital age likely means the contents of persons’ e-mail, call records, text messages, photos, banking activity, cloud-storage services, and even where the phone has traveled.

Read more on Threat Level.

I’m not only disappointed, but surprised by this veto.  The legislature came up with a law that protected citizens’ rights and made law enforcement’s obligations clear.  Rather than having courts decide cases, it makes more sense for the legislature to enact laws that make their intentions and expectations clear.

 

h/t, @PrivacyActivism

 

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