Can cops see what you have on your phone even when it is in your possession?

This came from a cop on Quora.

Yes.

Even ordinary cops can do that. I’ve done it myself. I just fax the search warrant to your phone company, and they send me everything. They will even freeze all of your records at my request while I’m in the process of getting that search warrant so that nothing will be lost in the meantime. I can send similar search warrants to Facebook or Shapchat or any other company running a messaging service. I’m definitely not FBI or CIA or anything super secret and special. I’m just an ordinary cop.

It would take a special kind of court order and someone with more expertise than me to track your messages in real time for some extended duration. When I get a search warrant, it is for a specific date range in the past.

CIA isn’t worried about search warrants because they generally aren’t interested in bringing criminal charges in a court of law. As a general rule, they kick domestic criminal cases over to the FBI, and then the FBI worries about search warrants, etc. to make a proper criminal case.

According to Snowden and Wikileaks, the NSA is storing pretty much every single digital communication in real time, including your text messages. The NSA says they don’t actually single out your data and look at it without a really good reason. That’s what they say, not what I say. I have no clue what they do or what it takes for the CIA or FBI to get their hands on those records. I just know what I read in the news, the same as you. I do know that as an ordinary cop I don’t have access to your phone records which are stored by the NSA.

Oh oh for those guys that have nudes or porn on their phone.
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  • Yes search up sting ray tracking device. They may not be trying to track you, but there might be a drug dealer or someone living in your area that they are watch and they pick up your cell phone on their sting ray. The sting ray creates a fake cell tower and your phone can link up to it.

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  • You should assume that a determined individual can open you phone and look at the files.

    Hope they enjoy my hentai collection and dick pics LoL.

    If you're actually a criminal use a codebook and dead drops.

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  • If a court deems they have good enough cause, then yes I guess so. They can just ask to see mine, I've nothing to hide.

  • It is illegal search and seizure and is unConstitutional

  • I use a a flip phone and never text anyone.

  • Believe me if they went to they’ll snitch it out of your hand and look at everything that you’ve done in there. And will threaten to take you in if you don’t cooperate they will always come up with some kind of excuse

    • There were some voice command errors in this post but you get the idea on what I said

  • Power corrupts especially when money is involved thanks capitalism!

  • I’m not that interesting to worry about

  • Nope

  • I tell you, if you ever want to be a good criminal, job law enforcement.

  • Cops have to be able to give a reason for all their actions (in most countries) Yes, they can message a company like snapchat and say they are law enforcement and that they have a search warrant, but if they didn't go through official channels or if it's not related to an active case, those are reasons to instantly get fired. But yes, it's not hard to get your messages if it was officially approved.

  • I figured that all along. Thank you for confirming it.

  • Under special circumstances (a warrant) they can, but in ordinary life they can not see what is on your phone.

  • Privacy... That's a thing of the past

  • A judge needs to sign a search warrant. It's not something a cop can do on his/her own.

    • You didn't read it, did you?

    • I did, but your first paragraph is bullshit so why would I give any credibility to anything else in your post.

    • If you read it you would have known this was written by a cop, not me. So much for you being on the level.

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  • No, but if you are within 100 miles of the border they can take your phone, look at everything on it, and probably keep it.

    • I never heard that. Where did you hear it?

    • Oddly enough, it turns out the 4th Amendment doesn't completely apply at borders, and borders have now been defined by the courts as an area extending 100 miles inland from the actual boundary line.

      https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/border-zone

    • I guess that doesn't apply to illegals.

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