iPhone search warrant shows just how much information is on a cellphone

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Cellphone data searches are a contentious topic: there’s no clear overall consensus on how much information police can get from a phone before needing a warrant, or how deep a search should be able to go. When we carry a portal to most of our lives in our pockets, should police be able to look into it the same way they would a notebook or wallet? Tangential to this issue is how much information actually is collected in an average search. While we don’t know the answer to that, the ACLU has published one warrant that can give us some idea.

Filed in September 2012 as part of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) drug investigation, the warrant allows Michigan police to seize “historical information regarding call activity, ‘phone…

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