Category Archives: Cell phones

D.D.C.: BOP employee had no REP in BOP owned work cell phone even though personal information was on it

BOP IG issued an administrative subpoena for respondent to produce her BOP owned cell phone, and she refused claiming a reasonable expectation of privacy in it. First, the standard of review is narrow and limited, and the subpoena is enforceable. … Continue reading

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ABAJ: FBI overestimated the number of encrypted phones while arguing for workarounds

ABAJ: FBI overestimated the number of encrypted phones while arguing for workarounds by Jason Tashea:

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NYTimes: Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices

NYTimes: Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Law Enforcement Uses to Crack Devices by Jack Nicas: Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open. That has led to battles with law … Continue reading

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SC: Of course def didn’t intend to leave his cell phone at the scene of a burglary, but he did, and that’s still abandonment

Defendant lost his cell phone at the scene of a burglary. The court grants the fundamental premise that a cell phone has the “privacies of life,” but his unintentional abandonment of the phone doesn’t preclude the government from searching it … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Declining to interact with an officer is not RS

Defendant’s declining to interact with the officer and trying to avoid him is not reasonable suspicion because people have a right to do that. United States v. Brown, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97602 (N.D. Ga. May 10, 2018). Defendant abandoned … Continue reading

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NACDL: Riling Up the Border Search Doctrine: Litigating Searches of Digital Content at Our Ports of Entry

NACDL, The Champion: Riling Up the Border Search Doctrine: Litigating Searches of Digital Content at Our Ports of Entry by Aisha J. Dennis, The Champion 40-46 (Mar. 2018)

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S.D.N.Y.: Cell phone search protocol can’t be described in SW in advance

It is difficult for law enforcement officers to describe in the search warrant a protocol for searching electronic data from a cell phone, whether it be a mechanical search or an electronic search. In fact, Cellebrite didn’t work on one … Continue reading

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Lawfare: Summary: Circuit Split on Device Searches at the Border in US v. Touset

Lawfare: Summary: Circuit Split on Device Searches at the Border in US v. Touset by Grayson Clary:

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PA: 9 month delay between issuance of SW for content of seized cell phone and actual search wasn’t unreasonable where nothing changed

Defendant’s cell phone was seized by consent and a search warrant was obtained for it. It took nine months for the search to occur. Because nothing changed between the seizure, the warrant, and the search, the ultimate search was not … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Def’s disclaiming ownership of cell phone when seized is a lack of standing, even when he claimed it after it rang

Defendant had no standing to challenge a search of a cell phone found in his car that he said belonged to his girlfriend. “Jackson does not deny that he disclaimed ownership of the phone at the time it was seized. … Continue reading

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Cal.1st: Cell phone probation search condition not unreasonable; def to rid self of gang affiliations

An electronic search condition of probation is not per se unreasonable under Riley. Here, it was reasonable to show whether defendant ridded himself of his gang affiliations which was a condition of probation. People v. Guzman, 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS … Continue reading

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CA4: Forensic border search of cell phone “non-routine” but GFE applies

An intensive forensic search of an outbound noncitizen’s cell phone required at least reasonable suspicion and maybe a warrant under Riley. Case law, however, uniformly says not at the time this happened, so the search is valid under the good … Continue reading

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