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Indiana Court Rules that Police Cannot Force you to Unlock your Smart Phone

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2018 | Firm News

Police cannot require you to unlock your smartphone ruled the Indiana Court of appeals. “A modern smartphone, with its central purpose of connecting its owner to the Internet and its ability to store and share incredible amounts of information in ‘the Cloud’ of online storage, is truly as close as modern technology allows us to come to a device that contains all of its owner’s conscious thoughts, and many of his or her unconscious thoughts, as well,” Judge Paul Mathias wrote in the 43-page majority opinion in Katelin Eunjoo Seo v. State of Indiana, 29A05-1710-CR-2466. “So, when the State seeks to compel a person to unlock a smartphone so that it may search the phone without limitations, the privacy implications are enormous and, arguably, unique.”