The summer of data grabs continues.
President Obama is now pushing the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals that insists that police need a search warrant to go through the data on your cell phone looking for information to use against you.
The Justice Department petition argued that protecting the privacy of data on someone’s cell phone was “anomalous” and that historically police have always been free to rummage through your possessions while making an arrest.
They insisted there was no justification for the court to treat the huge amount of data on a cellphone any differently from a piece of paper in the captive’s pocket, and that police should be able to do whatever they want with either.
The specifics of the case make it possible that the Supreme Court could try to skirt the issue, ruling that the 2007 case being considered involved such a primitive cellphone that searching it was no big deal without weighing in either way on modern phones with multiple gigabytes of data on them.
Such a ruling would be convenient for the court in avoiding a privacy showdown with a surveillance-happy administration, but it would likely be a de facto legalization of all searches in practice, giving the administration wiggle room to argue that anything but the newest phones on the market are sufficiently obsolete to search with impunity.
8 thoughts on “Obama Urges Supreme Court to Allow Warrantless Cellphone Searches”
This is the old Soviet diagram, top down only, with no contact between parallel units which insured centralization and control of the orders to be transmitted.
The government now controls all communication, the internet, phones, cell phones and surface mail.
Everything is in place to thwart and intercept the circulation of information other that top down.
Wr desperately need a new off the grid form of commuciation.
Techs and nerds, get to work.
I want my privacy back! Any yours too.
Only idiots who can't look up from their dumb-phones and have a human conversation with the person next to them would think that 'the government now controls all communication". Go take a hike in the woods with someone and say whatever you want.
And there are still many morons that support this guy!
Is it me or is there a concerted effort – both in scope and speed – to wrap up any loose ends that might make a total lockdown on information difficult to control? Through the years the USG has been content to make small changes here and there which over a long period add up to a net loss of rights and freedoms for the citizens and additional power for the state. Now however, they've stomped on the gas pedal and are now balls-to-the-wall instituting Big Brother.
Obama has gone completely insane.
Historically, in the US they used to lynch people with dark skin. Obama's argument would say that this is ok too now.,,,, And for our German allies, historically, they used to put people of Jewish background into gas chambers. I guess that Obama thinks that this is ok too.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
We should send all our garbage to the WH so they can go through that too!
My garbage is full of gigabits.
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