[Politech] Nude photos on cell phones lure cops; always encrypt everything [priv]

Declan McCullagh declan at well.com
Tue Mar 29 22:31:53 PST 2005

Here's the original story in the Houston Chronicle:

"During the arrest, they discovered that the woman had stored sexually
explicit photos of herself in her cell phone, and Green downloaded the
images onto his personal digital assistant, according to the search

FileVault and PGPdisk are handy utilities:


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Nude Pix Put Cops In a Fix
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 04:37:46 +0000
From: Scott H. <zuker5 at hotmail.com>
To: declan at well.com

Not sure if this is of interest for Politech, but it sure seems beyond the
pale of unreasonable search and seizure (small pun).  Hypothetically, what
if the phone had a picture of the woman in question standing over a dead
person in back of her home?  Is this a warrantless search and if they find
the body in her home is this fruit from a poisoned tree?  Do the police
a right to search through all the "data" a person has in thier
possession at
the time of arrest?  What about a USB flash drive?

Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt.

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