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your cell phone content may be subject to search

There is no law directly dealing with this issue in Pennsylvania, but in California the Supreme Court has ruled that cell phone content, including texts, are subject to search by police. The California court ruled that the police had the right to look at the content of a suspect's cell phone without a warrant. The suspect was believed to be a drug dealer and the police suspected that he may have sent a text- message to another dealer. Sure enough - they were right. The text was used as evidence. The bad guy plead guilty but preserved the right to take an appeal. The use of social media of all types including Face Book, Twitter and similar technological messaging devices continue to raise new issues about the Fourth Amendment and our "expectations" of privacy. In the past tape recordings or videos (called film in the "old days") were the  most surreptitious methods of surveillance - and even they had limited use. Today's world which is filled with instant and continuous methods of communication has created legal issues beyond those possibly imagined by the framers of our constitution. Take into consideration that every text, tweet and - yes - blog are out there for all to see. Do not fool yourself into thinking that the delete button erases something you "want to take back". Once the send button has been hit there is no way to take it back, either now or forever. We can talk for pages about why people seem to have the need to expose themselves, but the fact is we have become the world of science fiction I used to read as a kid. With it we have lost a little of our common sense. Don't whisper down the alley unless you are prepared for the consequences? Dennis F Feeley        

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