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Article: CSI: Smartphone (Take Heed ...!)
Now I'm even more paranoid.
Interesting, if you think about it. What does your device know about you?
And who cuts heads off and stores the images on their phone? Eclipses all the porn stored doesn't it?
...lots of whackos out there ! And they brag about it too... they deserve that CSI or whoever, get hold of them.
Paranoic ? That´s an understatement. Petrified as well. Unwittingly, we can get involved not knowing about anything...
If authorities scanned my smartphone because they thought I was involved in criminal activity, I would be offended and would be thinking that the "state" has become too large - like Big Brother in the mobie 1984. But if they convicted a real, dangerous criminal with evidence from his phone, it wouldn't bother me too much!
An unreasonable search of ones device would be a civil rights violation.
The statement "reasonable suspicion" gives me concern.
Who gets to define reasonable? A judges signature is required for a warrant, and only after proving cause. The article sounds like an officer can decide on spot.
I'm not thinking about just getting stopped and picked at random but something different.
Officer stops you for speeding. Say you have a provocative pic of tour wife or girlfriend in a photo widget (clean but sexy-ish). What if that gives him reasonable suspicion of illegal porn.
You have a widget with a text that says "I could kill him" (insert random angry text here). Reasonable suspicion?
Probably not giving the best examples (can't imagine someone being that dumb, honestly), but I'm sure you can see what I'm saying. Officer A with a good head on his shoulders wouldn't bother. Officer B may not be so ethical. Of course if you're innocent of anything or everything you'd have recourse. I'd not then you get busted, but in what seems to be a violation of ones rights.
Of course, I could be misunderstanding the issue, in which case you can just point and laugh.