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KENTUCKYREDBONE
06-08-2011, 11:02 PM
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Published on 22 April 2011 by Stan Shyshkin in Security News
0 Whatever ever happened to the good ol’ days where getting pulled over just meant you would get a speeding ticket, or if you’re lucky, just a warning? Well, if it’s up to the Michigan State Police, those days are not only long gone, but a speeding ticket is now reason enough to harvest all the information possible on you, including all of your e-mail, social networking, texting, personal photos, and virtually anything else you might have on your cell phone, or in many cases, your smartphone.
And no, we don’t mean that the police officers take your phone for a few minutes during the traffic stop to see if you were texting or surfing Facebook while driving. Instead, the officers use a device such as the CelleBrite UFED, which makes an exact copy of all of your phone’s data, and we do mean all data, including the deleted parts that even you don’t have access to anymore.

So how is this justifiable, or even legal? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is arguing that it isn’t, as would most people when it comes to handing over all of your digital data for a police officer to copy and go through on their own time.

And when asked to provide the type of information being stored and for what purpose, the police department replied that it would gladly hand over the information—for half a million dollars.

Outrageous? Yes. Legal? Well, the battle of whether cell phones are protected by the Fourth Amendment still rages on; but it appears that unless you are arrested, handing over your phone for a search is the same as agreeing to a search of a locked dashboard or trunk. You have the right refuse the search, but police officers usually trick you into consenting by wording the question in a way such as ”Do you mind if we take a quick look at your phone?”

So the next time you get pulled over, make sure to pay careful attention to what the officers ask for, and keep your phone out of sight.

rockdawg21
06-09-2011, 01:01 AM
Wouldn't data in a cell phone be considered the same as data in a computer? If that is the case, a search warrant would need to be issued for an officer to extract the data.

http://www.cybercrime.gov/ssmanual/01ssma.html

It's debatable, but if somebody fought this to the Supreme Court, the police would lose.

County Mike
06-09-2011, 12:22 PM
Wouldn't data in a cell phone be considered the same as data in a computer? If that is the case, a search warrant would need to be issued for an officer to extract the data.

http://www.cybercrime.gov/ssmanual/01ssma.html

It's debatable, but if somebody fought this to the Supreme Court, the police would lose.

Yes, he would need a warrant UNLESS you consent to letting him see it. Same as letting him search your car. If you don't consent and he doesn't have reasonable cause, he needs a warrant.

KENTUCKYREDBONE
06-09-2011, 12:26 PM
Wouldn't data in a cell phone be considered the same as data in a computer? If that is the case, a search warrant would need to be issued for an officer to extract the data.

http://www.cybercrime.gov/ssmanual/01ssma.html

It's debatable, but if somebody fought this to the Supreme Court, the police would lose.

They should loose! But then again I never thought a Judge in Indiana would say you couldn't resist a cop entering your home without a warrant! I think what they do is trick or intimidate you into giveing them permission. Not a idea I'm real fond of.

rockdawg21
06-09-2011, 09:16 PM
There's a real simple solution to this. When you see those cherries, shut off your phone and hide it.