Monday, October 27, 2014

Israeli military defense counsel pushing back on warrantless cellphone searches

This article from Haaretz reports on resistance being put up by Israel Defense Force defense counsel in response to the military police's practice of routinely searching soldiers' cellphones without a search warrant. This is in contrast to the practice followed in civilian law enforcement:
“There’s an abyss between the military and police procedure. Accessing information from cellphones constitutes a blatant breach of privacy, in compete contrast to police procedure, which is in keeping with the law,” Chief Military Defender Col. Asher Halperin said in July.
The uniformed lawyers are threatening to take the matter to the High Court of Justice. The Justice Ministry has the matter under advisement and the Knesset is considering a bill to resolve the issue.

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