As a column elsewhere on this page notes, the high-end cell phone has replaced a half-dozen or more devices in becoming nearly inseparable from the person carrying it.
Not only can you make calls, but your entire contacts list and much information about whom you have called is available for anyone who picks up the device. Your interests in music, the publications you read, records of electronic payments, logs of the places you have traveled -- all of this information is with you 24/7.
Or, if not, it can be retrieved from the vast phone data storage warehouses our government is prone to mining when seeking suspected terrorists or others with criminal intent.
It should not be surprising the law enforcement community has found this treasure trove of information to be enticing. And to an extent, we should acknowledge the need for officers to follow leads where they might take them.
Bad guys, too, have great interest in your data. And no doubt, spouses who are breaking up, business partners who have had a falling out and many more people soon will understand a cell phone is an unmatched resource for digging up information others would like kept private.
This limited proposal would not affect federal standards, which are in flux. An appeals court in
These are trying times for privacy advocates -- and for any individual who has privacy concerns.
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