Californians can finally breathe easy for having regained their privacy rights. A new law passed by the state Assembly bans the warrantless search of not just cell phones, but all portables that could conceivably send a message. Count your iPads safe, too.

California residents have run the risk of having the electronics searched without a warrant since January, when a ruling from the California Supreme Court deemed it legal for police officers to rummage through your phone after an arrest. This new law upholds their right to privacy, and guarantees that an officer must request a warrant before a search is conducted.


California now joins states like Ohio that banned the practice a long time ago. Three cheers for common sense, guys. [CNN]

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