Police Blotter is a regular CNET News report on the intersection of technology and the law.
What: Defendants in Florida and Virginia, each arrested after being stopped for speeding, claim warrantless searches of their handheld devices violates the Fourth Amendment.
Outcome: One federal judge rejects the warrantless search as illegal, while a federal appeals court upholds it as perfectly OK.
What happened, according to court documents and other sources: Anyone who relies on a handheld device for e-mail, Web browsing, note, and scheduling knows how well it knows them. Modern gadgets contain enough data about us to raise alarms about … Read more