Get a Warrant

While I can't say I'm happy about the Aereo result today in that it doesn't change current free airwaves policies and instead focuses on copyright protections, I was pleasantly surprised at the 9-0 ruling on warrantless search of mobile devices on persons picked up by the police. It certainly helped improve my impression of the judiciary.

In honor of that ruling, I've provided you this lock screen background (optimized for iPhone 4S resolution) from the ruling.

Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans "the privacies of life,"... The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make that information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought. Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple -- get a warrant.


Seph Coster

Geek, father, sailor, wonk. Experienced public sector technology consultant, ocean racer, and diaper changer.

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