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U.S. police can now search suspects' cell phones without a warrant

Newsbrief by Dan Seifert on Monday March 05, 2012.

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Last week, a federal appeals court in Indiana ruled that police officers have the right to search a suspect's cellphone without having to obtain a warrant to do so. The court said that the possible invasion of privacy from doing so was slight enough that it would not violate Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. The presiding judge determined that since police officers can search a diary for information such as addresses and phone numbers, they also have the right to search cellphones for pertinent information.

source: Reuters

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