Warrantless Searches of Computers and Other Electronic Devices

I keep a list of cases from across the country on warrantless searches of computers and other electronic devices. It covers topics like searches of cellular phones incident to arrest, whether consent to search a residence includes consent to search the computers therein, and whether there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in an employer-issued laptop. We don’t have many in-state cases on searches of electronic devices yet, so looking at other courts is helpful.

Anyhow, in connection with a session I’ll be teaching next week, I’ve updated the list. The current version is available here. If you’re aware of significant cases that I should include, please call or email me to let me know. At this point, there are enough decisions coming out that I’m mostly interested in published cases from the federal circuit courts and state supreme courts.