Warrantless Mobile Phone Searches Now Still Illegal – In California

Cops in California would no longer be able to dig into your cellphone, iPad or laptop without a warrant if you are arrested, thanks to a new law that went into effect this week if California Gov Jerry Brown signs a passed bill into law by October 9.

The measure would override a California Supreme Court decision in January that let the police search through a mobile phone at will, just as they can search a suspect’s pockets after an arrest.

Correction: We did a quick blog post on this story relying on CNN’s story which was incorrect about the status of the bill.

New law bans warrantless cell phone searches – CNN.com.