U.S. court approves warrantless searches of cell phones

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U.S. court approves warrantless searches of cell phones01 Mar 2012 U.S. police can search a cell phone for its number without having a warrant, according to a federal appeals court ruling. Officers in Indiana found a number of cell phones at the scene of a drug bust, and searched each phone for its telephone number… The U.S. Court of Appeal for the 7th Circuit rejected that [warrantless search] argument on Wednesday, finding that the invasion of privacy was so slight that the police’s actions did not violate the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches. The case gave the court an occasion to examine just how far police can go when it comes to searching electronic gadgets.

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