CA Governor Lets Police Search Your Smartphones At Traffic Stops
from the shameful dept
While it had been rumored it’s unfortunately now confirmed that California governor Jerry Brown has sold out your privacy to law enforcement. After a bad court ruling gave law enforcement the ability to search your mobile phone during a traffic stop, the California legislature realized the ridiculousness of the situation and passed the bill requiring a warrant pretty quickly.
But, unfortunately, despite widespread support for it, Governor Brown has vetoed the bill, meaning that your mobile phones are fair game for searches without a warrant. Not only that, but he couldn’t even make a statement to stand up for what he believes in about this, apparently only arguing that he vetoed the bill because “the issue is too complicated for him to make a decision about” and that it’s better for the courts to decide.
Governor Brown knows better than this and he’s being intentionally misleading. The courts are supposed to interpret the will of the legislature and make sure it’s in line with the Constitution. Here, the legislature is clearly saying that it thinks such searches need a warrant. Leaving it for “the courts” to resolve is punting, and failing to take a stand for basic privacy rights. It’s a weak move.