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rob19
08-08-2012, 02:43 AM
In November 2009, police officers in the state of Washington seized an iPhone belonging to suspected drug dealer Daniel Lee. While the phone was in police custody, a man named Shawn Hinton sent a text message to the device, reading, "Hey whats up dogg can you call me i need to talk to you." Suspecting that Hinton was looking to buy drugs from Lee, Detective Kevin Sawyer replied to the message, posing as Lee. With a series of text messages, he arranged to meet Hinton in the parking lot of a local grocery store—where Hinton was arrested and charged with attempted possession of heroin.


But can cops legally do this with seized cell phones? When their cases went to trial, Hinton and Roden both argued that Sawyer had violated their privacy rights by intercepting, without a warrant, private communications intended for Lee.

But in a pair of decisions, one of which was recently covered (http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/07/05/yes-the-cops-can-text-you-from-your-drug-dealers-iphone-to-bust-you/) by Forbes, a Washington state appeals court disagreed. If the decisions, penned by Judge Joel Penoyar and supported by one of his colleagues, are upheld on appeal, they could have far-reaching implications for cell phone privacy.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/its-legal-cops-seize-cell-phone-impersonate-owner/

Doesn't sit well with me

Valandui
08-08-2012, 03:52 AM
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/its-legal-cops-seize-cell-phone-impersonate-owner/

Doesn't sit well with me
Agreed.

CedarPhin
08-08-2012, 04:15 AM
Pretty sketch.

NY8123
08-08-2012, 09:58 AM
If it is open with no lock than fine, if it is locked it is the same as a locked trunk, get a warrant.

Dolphins9954
08-08-2012, 10:22 AM
Cops can do whatever they want.

DisturbedShifty
08-08-2012, 10:39 AM
Moral of this story, always make sure your phone has a really good password.

Forgive my spelling. This was sent from my phone.

Dolphins9954
08-08-2012, 10:43 AM
Do what I do with my hook-up. Talk in code words.

cmax13
08-08-2012, 04:39 PM
do what i do, talk to him, ask if he's going to be home, stop by. i never use text messaging or facebook. you never know who you're really talking to. i see this all the time with my kids. people grab their computers, and put stupid stuff on facebook.

i guess i'm just too old for that stuff.

TheMageGandalf
08-08-2012, 04:47 PM
All I'll say is that many arrests have been made with evidence from facebook and other online resources so don't ever think that your not being watched.

CashInFist
08-08-2012, 07:53 PM
All I'll say is that many arrests have been made with evidence from facebook and other online resources so don't ever think that your not being watched.

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