Mich. State Police confiscate cell data at traffic stops; won't say when or why

ACLU complains of 4th Amendment violations; State Police stonewall requests for explanations


It's easy to justify in your own mind, even if it doesn't work out in every specific situation.

When cops do that, the result is often a lot more serious than when you do, just as your big mistake might inconvenience some people, but similar ones by surgeons, airline pilots or bus drivers could kill them.

Having all the data sucked from your cell phone during a routine traffic stop isn't going to kill you; probably.

It does break down an important barrier between the convenience citizens should give up to help keep the peace, and restrictions on the authority of police that keep a peaceful state from becoming a police state.

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