Will California's Governor Outlaw Police From Searching Mobile Phones Without A Warrant?
from the what-4th-amendment? dept
But there's a problem: Governor Jerry Brown hasn't signed it yet.
Despite petitions and a variety of editorials urging him to sign it, he's still sitting on it (he has until October 9th). Wired is reporting a rumor that Brown has agreed to veto the legislation in an effort to please the "law enforcement lobby."
As the Wired article notes, the law itself is already pretty weak, allowing law enforcement to ignore the warrant requirement under vaguely defined emergency circumstances. It also doesn't require any official reporting of such uses where the warrant requirement is ignored, meaning that such an exception might be abused. But it certainly takes things a big step in the right direction concerning an individual's right to privacy. Hopefully Governor Brown recognizes this and signs the bill.