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State Assembly Approves Cell Phone Privacy Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 23, 2011

The California State Assembly has approved a bill requiring law enforcement to procure a search warrant prior to searching the contents of a cell phone, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. On Monday, the assembly unanimously voted to pass the bill, which now goes to the upper house for approval. The bill would overturn a state supreme court decision from last January that allowed police to search the cell phones of assailants. One law enforcement representative said, "There are circumstances where it's just not practical to get a search warrant...and that subsequent to an arrest (searching a cell phone) is appropriate." Several civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, applauded the move.        
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