New law might result from current cases before the Supreme Court that challenge the rights of citizens to privacy of information contained on their cell phones or the digital trail that results from cellphone usage.
The Cloud is Huge continues to follow the privacy conversation that continues to indicate that most people don’t give a hoot about their online privacy until they are arrested or some predictable event interrupts their lives.
“Before cell phones existed, as National Journal explained Monday, the court granted law enforcement officers a very narrow authority, “from incident to arrest,” to search suspects along “the area into which he might reach.” It’s intended to prevent a suspect from destroying evidence at the last minute, and to protect officers from a possibly hidden weapon. But given how much information — including private information —typically sits on a cell phone these days, that means cell phone searches allow law enforcement officers to access vast amounts of information without a warrant.”
Thanks to – The Wire