Jerry Brown is getting conservative in his old age:
California Gov. Jerry Brown is vetoing legislation requiring police to obtain a court warrant to search the mobile phones of suspects at the time of any arrest.
The Sunday veto means that when police arrest anybody in the Golden State, they may search that person’s mobile phone — which in the digital age likely means the contents of persons’ e-mail, call records, text messages, photos, banking activity, cloud-storage services, and even where the phone has traveled.
There’s really very little difference between a cop coming into your house and searching your computer, and a cop searching your smartphone. I wonder if you have to give the police the unlock code for your phone?
Also, too: Since the State Department is working on a panic button for smartphones, maybe we’ll soon have the technology to avoid intrusive search by our own police.