CBS Local DFW: Police Given Direct Line To Cell Phone Searches

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Exigent circumstances is their lame excuse. My cell phone potentially provides access to several email & IM accounts plus logged-in administrator access to boards like TUG. This decision cannot stand!

    CBS Local DFW: Police Given Direct Line To Cell Phone Searches

    The best way to fight this (aside from the obvious appeal to the Supreme Court) is more secure cell phone technology. Right now you can lock your phone with a PIN, but few people realize that the recharging connectors include data pins that turn your phone into an unsecured flash drive. TrueCrypt needs to be fully implemented within the 'Droid & IPhone systems, with reversion to requiring the full key after a specified number of incorrect PINs.

    The technology is there. We customers have to demand it.
  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Thank god I have a dumb phone and not a smart one. I knew my old-fashioned tendencies would come in handy!
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  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    leave it to dumb*(expletive deleted) CBS to not include any links to the decision itself. that writer is a moron.

    Here is a better story with the full decision from forbes:


    you'd think with all the phone hacking going on, some sort of encryption would be used not only to protect the data store, but also the transmissions. most folks don't realize that com between cell phone and satellite is relatively unprotected. pay a few hundred for the right equip and listen away.
  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    The UnPatriot Act spreads its tentacles ever wider.
  5. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Um this is very disconcerting as this is a unreasonable search and seizure that falls into the same category as laptops. I for one won't give out the pin for my phone to a pig if he asks for it, I'll make him provide a warrant first.

    I hope this "decision" gets overturned and quickly... The "un"patriot act needs to be destroyed and those that support it need to be tried for treason!
  6. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Androids might be more secure than I thought -- the poor babies at the FBI are miffed ...

    Wired / ThreatLevel: FBI Can’t Crack Android Pattern-Screen Lock

    Good! It makes my day to read that!

    Wah! :D
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    OK, so a person with nefarious intent should only use a tossable cell phone.
  9. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    That's what they did in The Wire.

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