Skip to comments.Judge says it's OK to use your seized phone to impersonate you and entrap your friends
Posted on 07/24/2012 8:55:58 PM PDT by carenot
A federal judge has upheld the practice of police using seized phones to impersonate their owners, reading messages and sending sending entrapping replies to contacts in the phone's memory, without a warrant. The judge reasoned that constitutional privacy rights don't apply to messages if they appear on a seized device -- even if the messages originated with someone who has not been arrested or is under suspicion of any crime:A federal appeals court held that the pager owner's Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure were not violated because the pager is "nothing more than a contemporary receptacle for telephone numbers," akin to an address book. The court also held that someone who sends his phone number to a pager has no reasonable expectation of privacy because he can't be sure that the pager will be in the hands of its owner.
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The Gestapo - alive and well.
Judges seem to be in a contest to see who can be the biggest ass clown.
We don’t need no stinkin’ Fourth Amendment
does it also mean I can use a police frequency to play cop?
So if they raid your home and your computer is logged in, they can freely send out email messages to contacts as well?
This had better not stand.
They say it’s the same as a paper-bound “phone book.” I think that’s protected. IANAL, so we’ll see.
So in other words, electronic communication is not covered in the bill of rights.
Our freedoms continue to be whittled away.
How long before Freepers stand together and say “We aren’t going to tolerate this any longer?”
How about the crime of using someone elses phone service without consent? I’m pretty sure if I pick up someones phone and make calls, it is called theft.
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