Thursday, June 26, 2014
Smartphones Can't Be Searched Without Warrants, Except When They Are
I suppose I'm a Debbie Downer today, but the Supreme Court ruling yesterday giving privacy protections to smartphones and requiring warrants to search them ... seems just a little hollow and a whole lot of ironic.
Despite the ruling's support for privacy protections, there's a telling phrase in Justice Roberts majority opinion:
" These cases do not implicate the question of whether the collection or inspection of aggregated digital information amounts to a search under other circumstances."
Well. With reports that computer and mobile devices can be delivered with components which provide agencies access to every action, warrants may be moot. Then there's the commercial agencies which have provided spying tools worldwide:
"The new components target Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry users and are part of Hacking Team’s larger suite of tools used for targeting desktop computers and laptops. But the iOS and Android modules provide cops and spooks with a robust menu of features to give them complete dominion over targeted phones.