Friday, August 17, 2012

Can police search your cell phone?

Originally posted 07/05/2011 on

What do you do if you are pulled over and during the stop the officer asks to look at your cell phone? Your laptop? According to the EFF you politely decline, unless he has a warrant that includes the device. Your cell phone and laptop contain tons of private information, and the 4th Ammendment to unreasonable search and seizure applies to them. They have a detailed page of what police can and can't do on their website, have a single page cheat sheet for posting on websites. Which I am doing here.