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​Can the Police Search My Phone? 2018 Update

In 2016, we posted about the government’s legal right and ability to search a suspect’s smartphone. At the time, the Supreme Court had established that police need a warrant to gain access to an arrestee’s phone, but even with warrants the police encountered practical difficulties accessing data due to phones’ security features. In the ongoing battle between privacy and security, the law is struggling to catch up with rapidly changing technology.

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