Canadian Court Allows Warrantless Cellphone Searches

Law360, New York (February 22, 2013, 7:42 PM EST) -- A Canadian appeals court on Wednesday ruled that law enforcement officers can search through the cellphones of people they arrest without receiving a warrant, as long as the device is not password-protected.

Upholding the search of appellant Kevin Fearon's pictures and text messages following his arrest on armed robbery charges, a three-judge panel said police officers had the right to look through the phone's content without obtaining a warrant. The appeals court noted that the police already had information that Fearon had acted with accomplices and...
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