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Court Rules Turning on Phone Qualifies as Search

2 days ago   |   By Geek News Central

A judge has ruled that the act of looking at a phone's lock screen requires a warrant - in some circumstances. This ruling was made by the Honorable John C. Coughenour in the United States District Court Western District of Washington at Seattle. It seems to me that this ruling requires the FBI to have a warrant before they can look at the lock screen on someone's phone.
The case is United States of America v. Joseph Sam. It is regarding a motion filed by Mr. Sam's lawyer arguing that the evidence obtained from looking at the lock screen should not have been sought without a warrant and...
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Judge Rules That Looking At A Phone's Lock Screen Could Require A Search Warrant

Judge Rules That Looking At A Phone's Lock Screen Could Require A Search Warrant

3 days ago   |   By Ubergizmo

Law enforcement agencies are currently pretty miffed at companies like Apple and Google who have made it harder for them to access devices. This is because these companies have basically handed over the encryption keys to the user, meaning that only the user can unlock their devices and there's really nothing that these companies can do. Now it looks like things are about to get tougher for these law enforcement agencies because a Seattle-based District Judge has recently ruled that unless the police have a search warrant, even viewing the lock screen of a handset can be considered as a...
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Search Warrant Sometimes Required For Lock Screen Access, Judge Rules

Search Warrant Sometimes Required For Lock Screen Access, Judge Rules

3 days ago   |   By Android Headlines

A search warrant is required for law enforcement to access the lock screen of an individual's smartphone. Or at least it is in some cases, based on a recently reported ruling from District Judge John Coughenour of the US District Court in Seattle.
The ruling was issued in Washington state in connection with a criminal case involving two separate enforcement agencies, the police and the FBI, and suspect Joseph Sam. According to reports, the lock screen on Mr. Sam's smartphone was accessed twice - once by each agency. First, the police accessed the lock screen during the arrest. The FBI...
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