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Seattle court rules protection of lockscreen under The Fourth Amendment

Seattle court rules protection of lockscreen under The Fourth Amendment

A Seattle judge ruled that US law enforcement pushing a button to bring up a phone’s lock screen qualifies as a search and requires a warrant under the United States’ Fourth Amendment. However, this is different from a police officer looking at your phone at the scene of a crime or inquiry.

Fin 4 months

Makes sense... U lock it for a reason...

Robert_Clearwater 4 months

Excellent. Apparently the FBI were the naughty boys in this case, the local police just looked at his phone while they were cataloguing all of the suspect's stuff. When the federal agents came in and took a photo of the lock screen, that specific image capture violated the fourth amendment, not the haphazard pressing of the button.

Edward Williams
Edward Williams 4 months

Something good coming out of Seattle? Surprising!

Gordon 4 months

Is this to protect people that put their password on the lock screen so they dont forget it?

SickOfTribalisem 4 months

Why don't people simply enctypt their phones and.....

yuckycrumpet 4 months

Works for me. They seize it they need a warrant to access it. If we’re in public they can ask me but the rest is up to me. Cool.

Skot 4 months

Every once in a while, one branch of government works.

Beisht Kione
Beisht Kione 4 months

Seattle isnt completely useless politically.

Spank-O-Tron5000 4 months

Washington state actually doing something good? A broken clock is right twice a day I guess.

mint 4 months


Daniel McEwen
Daniel McEwen 4 months

Win! If we go by that, VPN is 100% legal and would require a warrant to bypass. Anything behind a password, in fact. Even the pin to log into my PC.

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