A Seattle-based District Judge has ruled that law enforcement agencies may not l…

A Seattle-based District Judge has ruled that law enforcement agencies may not look at a phone’s lock screen without a warrant as it violates Fourth Amendment rights.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Law enforcement agencies must get a warrant before they attempt to unlock your phone, obtain data from the manufacturer, or come in possession of any information from the carrier. Now, for the same reasons, they may need to get one before they even look at a suspect’s lock screen.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Joseph Sam welches arrested in May 2019 and indicted on charges related to robbery and assault. He claims that during the arrest, one of the officers hit the power button to bring up the phone’s lock screen — though it’s unclear whether or not the officer attempted to unlock it.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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