We all now know that police can’t just search your phone because you have been arrested unless they have a warrant or there is some type of exigent circumstance to do so.
With that said…a warning.
Cell phones now days have replaced computers for many people. For many individuals, a smart phone is all they need for their needs. Emails, texting, taking pictures or videos, browsing the internet, playing games, chatting, selfies, video calls, Facebooking, Instagram, and a whole host of applications that we would not otherwise have had just a decade ago. Of course the smart phone is also a phone to call and receive real live conversations. Yet, as the US Supreme Court discussed in Riley v. California (2014) 573 U. S. ____, smart phones now have immense storage capacity and access to data to not only on the phone but also information linked to the phone.
The bottom line is that pictures, emails, notes, documents, texts, chats, videos, pictures and a whole host of personal information can be retrieved from a cellular phone, something most of us don’t think about until there is a problem.
Think about how much information someone can obtain about you if your phone is lost or stolen that you don’t want anyone to have. What about when someone hacks into your phone or other accounts?
We have all heard about videos and pics that went public when celebrities had their phones lost or hacked!
You could end up with problems with bank accounts, private chats/pictures/videos that you absolutely do not want anyone to see, or a hacker who uses your information for illegal activities that end up getting you in trouble until you can try to straighten things out. Of course with the things the way it is, you get in trouble in most cases and have to dig yourself out of it costing you lots of money.
The best thing to do is not use your phone for purposes that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to know about. Do not use apps that are susceptible to hacks. Do not take pics/videos, chats or post things that might get you in trouble with grandma!
You may think no one will find out, but all it takes is one unfortunate incident to get someone into trouble with the law. In the end, things may turn our alright, but it can be at great financial cost.
All it takes is sending a questionable text, pic or video to get law enforcement involved and if they get a warrant, they may see all of the embarrassing things that can be used to build a case against you!