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The Widespread Power of U.S. Law Enforcement to Search Mobile Phones

upturn.org/reports/2020/mass-e

Based on 110 public records requests to state and local law enforcement agencies across the country, our research documents more than 2,000 agencies that have purchased these tools, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We found that state and local law enforcement agencies have performed hundreds of thousands of cellphone extractions since 2015, often without a warrant.

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