Warrantless Cell Phone Searches Return to California

Privacy took another kick to the face when California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that would require the police to obtain a warrant to search a mobile phone upon arrest of a suspect.

This reverses a law passed by the state assembly just a few weeks ago. The state assembly passed the law in response to a California Supreme Court ruling in January that made it legal for officers to go poking around your phone after an arrest.

Brown wrote that, "The courts are better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizure protections." What isn't difficult to see is that Brown's decision garners him the support of the Peace Officers Research Association of California. The labor union's support could help Brown secure a second term. [Wired]

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