1. Elizabeth2's Avatar
    Do you feel that the police in the US should be able to rummage through your cellphone during a minor traffic stop without a warrant?
    Would you give out your password if you keep your phone locked?
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    04-29-2014 07:20 PM
  2. pr1nce's Avatar
    No, they should need a search warrant to search your phone.
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    04-29-2014 07:21 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Do you feel that the police in the US should be able to rummage through your cellphone during a minor traffic stop without a warrant?
    No, they should not be able to do such a thing without a warrant unless that minor traffic stop ends up being something that leads to an arrest or you've given them permission to do so.
    Would you give out your password if you keep your phone locked?
    No.
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    04-29-2014 07:27 PM
  4. Elizabeth2's Avatar
    It is alarming to read or hear about the increasing number of cellphones forcibly being taken during minor traffic stops.

    Our cellphones contain everything from security information to our health records.

    I would not hand over my cellphone nor would I unlock it.
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    04-29-2014 07:36 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    It is alarming to read or hear about the increasing number of cellphones forcibly being taken during minor traffic stops.

    Our cellphones contain everything from security information to our health records.

    I would not hand over my cellphone nor would I unlock it.
    I hear ya, and hopefully, we'll never experience it...
    04-29-2014 07:45 PM
  6. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    They definitely should need a warrant for that. They'll be trying to pin you with texting while driving or something! No!!! Bad enough you can't trust them, even though they're suppose to "protect and serve". Sorry if I'm offending anyone but seriously..... They suck
    04-30-2014 12:26 AM
  7. thatotherdude24's Avatar
    Being a digital forensics student for 3 years I was under the impression it already was a law. Since it isn't yes a warranty should be needed unless it is a matter of somebody's safety being at risk then an officer should be able to immediately.

    Kind of off topic but another law I learned of Sunday....I think this one is a local one however. Here when somebody puts trash out by the road if a passerby would like to take something from that persons trash they must ask the homeowner before taking it BUT police can search that same trash without a warrant. Makes sense right?


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    04-30-2014 12:54 AM
  8. HAWK's Avatar
    I honestly wouldn't care. Not like I have anything to hide anyway. Look away....
    04-30-2014 01:14 AM
  9. i7guy's Avatar
    I honestly wouldn't care. Not like I have anything to hide anyway. Look away....
    It's not about hiding stuff, it's about what are your rights during a traffic stop.


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    04-30-2014 05:24 AM
  10. bobbob1016's Avatar
    Do you feel that the police in the US should be able to rummage through your cellphone during a minor traffic stop without a warrant?
    Would you give out your password if you keep your phone locked?
    Afaik, the 5th amendment basically says that they can't force you to enter your code, but they can force you to give fingerprints. So as long as you don't have fingerprint unlock, you plead the fifth. Then, if they do take you in or whatever, as I'd imagine most people wouldn't have anything to hide, and it would be a waste of their time, you shame them, then sue them.
    04-30-2014 07:49 AM
  11. donemt's Avatar
    I honestly wouldn't care. Not like I have anything to hide anyway. Look away....
    It seriously has nothing to do with what you do not have to hide or not but your right to privacy. Your cell phone contains important and sensitive information and is part of you and should be protected under the law as such as much as any other property. A warrant is a must if a cell phone is to be seized and ordered searched.


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    04-30-2014 09:21 AM
  12. rayz336's Avatar
    It seriously has nothing to do with what you do not have to hide or not but your right to privacy. Your cell phone contains important and sensitive information and is part of you and should be protected under the law as such as much as any other property. A warrant is a must if a cell phone is to be seized and ordered searched.


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    All of this!
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    04-30-2014 10:07 AM
  13. projectman's Avatar
    No, they should need a search warrant to search your phone.
    What he said.
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    04-30-2014 01:17 PM
  14. acerace113's Avatar
    I can't remember for sure if it's just the province of Ontario or all of Canada but if you don't have a passcode on your phone the police are allowed to search your phone without a warrant. If you have a passcode set the police have to ask you to search your phone and you can say no, if you say no then they need a search warrant with a good reason.


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    04-30-2014 01:41 PM
  15. kataran's Avatar
    Here in RI the police can't go into your wallet or purse without your permission or probable cause so the same should apply to your personal cellphone

    Some states state any personal item on your person is subseptable to search. There needs to be a universal law to the fact of cellphone search

    Now if an officer has suspicion that your texting and driving in my state they will ask to show proof that you wasn't texting in some cases or just site you without visual inspection of your device
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    04-30-2014 02:00 PM
  16. Elizabeth2's Avatar
    The US Supreme Court heard two oral arguments yesterday in regards to cellphone searches and warrants.
    What I find troubling is that the Justices have admittedly been confused before by technology. Recently hearing a case involving streaming video provider Aereo the Justices analogies were often humorous and incorrect trying to educated each other.
    I guess we will know sometime in June the ruling on our fast pace technology and constitutional law in the 21st century.
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    04-30-2014 05:48 PM
  17. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    It seriously has nothing to do with what you do not have to hide or not but your right to privacy. Your cell phone contains important and sensitive information and is part of you and should be protected under the law as such as much as any other property. A warrant is a must if a cell phone is to be seized and ordered searched.


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    There are privacy laws out there as well.
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    04-30-2014 05:54 PM
  18. LightaDroid's Avatar
    I would Never!!!
    I don't think my phone has anything to do with the police
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    04-30-2014 09:55 PM
  19. nikkisharif's Avatar
    This is definitely unacceptable!!! I'm not a fan of law enforcement anyway, so I'm not giving them permission to look at anything. I've been profiled several times because of my race & the vehicle I drive so they can kick bricks.

    BTW...I do have a couple of friends that are officers and I question their morals all the time Seriously though, I don't think all officers are crooked I just have trust issues when it comes to them.
    04-30-2014 10:12 PM
  20. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Nope, never, nadda....they would have to pry it from my cold dead hands, then I would still give them a fight of their life while dead...SMILE. All jokes aside, they can ask you to see your device, but can't make you...they would need a warrant.
    04-30-2014 10:30 PM
  21. Elizabeth2's Avatar
    I am not relinquishing my cell phone for any reason to anyone. Period!

    The impending ruling could very well determine if police will have unfettered access to the enormous amount of data on our cellphones whenever then choose. It will be interesting to see how the Supreme Court rules.
    04-30-2014 10:53 PM
  22. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    Can the police enter your home, and search your computer without a warrant ? Not that I'm aware of. The same should apply to cellphones. I can see their argument now, terrorist use cellphones ...
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    05-01-2014 01:37 AM
  23. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    Dear god, please tell me this isn't a thing in the States?

    There is no way on this green earth I would give anyone the passwords for my phone. If it is a minor traffic stop and doesn't relate to any kind of perceived cellphone use whilst driving (illegal in the UK, not sure about the USA) then they can Foxtrot Oscar.
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    05-01-2014 06:37 AM
  24. shief24's Avatar
    I've been searched (including my car) while driving without a warrant or a reason before. Police also read messages from my cousins iPhone due to the notification lock screen messages. I don't think the cops should have the right to search your car, home or cell phone, without a warrant or reasonable cause but you know what if they really want to they will do it anyways.
    05-01-2014 01:59 PM
  25. Premium1's Avatar
    Dear god, please tell me this isn't a thing in the States?

    There is no way on this green earth I would give anyone the passwords for my phone. If it is a minor traffic stop and doesn't relate to any kind of perceived cellphone use whilst driving (illegal in the UK, not sure about the USA) then they can Foxtrot Oscar.
    Well here in PA they just passed a law so that police do not need probably cause to search your vehicle. Now there is no way I would ever give out my password for my phone for a "search" I feel like it is becoming more for police to try and "find" something wrong, rather than just doing their jobs. Now I have nothing to hide and would gladly let them search my car if I was pulled over. But searching a phone, unless there was an accident or some other type of event seems to be over stepping the boundaries.
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    05-01-2014 03:50 PM
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