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EFF Fights Illegal Search of Cell Phone in Thursday Hearing

PRESS RELEASE
February 16, 2010
Police Gathered Suspect's Data Without a Warrant

Redwood City, Calif. - On Thursday, February 18, at 9:00 a.m., the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a judge in Redwood City, California, to suppress evidence illegally gathered from an iPhone.

Police in Daly City, California, seized the suspect's phone during his arrest. Hours later, investigators searched through the data on the device -- including contacts, called phone numbers, emails, text messages, Internet search history, and photos -- without a search warrant. Police later obtained a search warrant for the phone, based in part on information gathered during the initial illegal search.

In Thursday's hearing, EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann will ask the court to suppress the illegally gathered evidence and quash the warrant based on that improperly collected information.

For more information on attending the hearing, email press@eff.org.

WHEN:
Thursday, February 18, 2010
9:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Department 2A
San Mateo County Superior Court
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

Contacts:

Marcia Hofmann
Senior Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation
marcia@eff.org

Jennifer Stisa Granick
Civil Liberties Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation
jennifer@eff.org

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