Your phone password matters if you’re arrested in Ontario

Ontario’s highest court has signaled that the right of police officers to look through someone’s phone depends on whether there’s a password. The Court of Appeal for Ontario says it’s all right for police to have a cursory look through the phone upon arrest if it’s not password protected, but if it is, investigators should get a search warrant. The court’s ruling comes in the case of a man who appealed his robbery conviction, arguing that police breached his charter rights by looking through his phone after his arrest.

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