Police Can Search Smartphones Without Warrants
Ryan Radia focuses on adapting law and public policy to the unique challenges of the information age. His research areas include information privacy, telecommunications, competition policy, free speech, intellectual property, and media regulation.
Radia is a frequent contributor to the Technology Liberation Front, the technology policy blog dedicated to preserving freedom and liberty in the information age. He recently wrote an article for Gear and Gadgets about Why you should always encrypt your smartphoneLast week, California’s Supreme Court reached a controversial 5-2 decision holding that police officers may lawfully search mobile phones found on arrested individuals’ persons without first obtaining a search warrant. The court reasoned that mobile phones, like cigarette packs and wallets, fall under the search incident to arrest exception to 4th Amendment to the Constitution.