Thanks to an interesting, ongoing court debate, the privacy of your cellphone is now on trial.
On Monday, the California Supreme Court ruled that police officers don't need a warrant to examine the cellphone of someone under arrest. Not surprisingly, the move has privacy advocates up in arms.
But if you're not a Californian, the privacy of your texts, pics and voicemail may still be protected. In Texas, for example, police are encouraged (but not required) to obtain a warrant before searching a cellphone. And the Ohio Supreme Court has decided that warrants are absolutely necessary for cellphone searches.
Which state is right? Is California overstepping its bounds? The issue probably won't be resolved until the U.S. Supreme Court picks it up.