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Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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6/26/2014 | 1:01:15 PM
NSA
I wonder how this will affect the snooping performed by organisations like the NSA? Surely if a warrant is required, its mass collection of data would be compromised. I could see it still being able to harvest metadata, but raw information would be much harder to come if a warrant was needed in every case. 
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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6/26/2014 | 3:55:22 PM
Re: NSA
The two are apples and oranges, I think, as the NSA operates under a whole different rulebook from local police, ultimate constitutional basis aside. I hadn't though about the idea that if I were arrested and my phone taken that I could have a partner remotely wipe it. That's certainly very feasible -- perhaps drug cartels will start buying MDM systems and containerizing their dealers' devices.
appIncredible
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6/26/2014 | 9:26:11 PM
Why just cell phones
This is excellent, no searching cell phones without a warrant, it should really be expanded to any encrypted personal data like emails that use auto encryption or just data on your computer or laptop that is encrypted with http://www.appincredible.com/online/encryption/ or other encryption tools.
SaneIT
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6/27/2014 | 7:12:41 AM
Re: Why just cell phones
I'll go one further and say that it should apply to any information device be it a cell phone, laptop, email (encrypted or not) note pad, post it notes, etc.  If law enforcement approaches an individual because they are actively committing a crime, it should never have been OK to dig through personal information in an attempt to implicate someone in a crime.  Now if you happen to have a hand written check list sitting on your dash that says 1. buy ski mask 2. buy gun 3. rob bank 4. get away and a police officer sees it out in the open in the course of a traffic stop that's one thing, taking your cell phone from you and looking through everything to see if they can trap you with anything is another.  


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