If your childhood was anything like those of many others in Colorado, you might have been taught to always respect and obey authority. Fast forward to a moment in time when you look in your rear view mirror and see flashing red and blue lights atop a police car. Those childhood lessons likely kick in and you immediately pull off the road and come to a stop as safely as possible. What if it doesn't end there, however? What if a police officer asks you to step out of your car so he or she can take look inside?
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution gives all Americans protections against unwarranted search and seizure of their person and their property. At the core of this Amendment is the belief that innocent people should not have to fear for their privacy in personal spaces like their homes.
Last week we discussed the struggle that courts across the country are facing as they try to determine what, if any, privacy protections apply to data stored on cell phones. Different courts seem unable to agree on how cell phone evidence should be treated in criminal cases and to whom that information belongs.
Many people carry their entire lives around in their phone. A cell phone can hold a person's appointments, photos, location and communications with everyone they know.