California's Supreme Court held in People v. Diaz that police may lawfully search the smartphone of a person under arrest without first obtaining a search warrant.
"If you care about your privacy, password-protecting your smartphone should be a no-brainer. Better yet, you should ensure your smartphone supports a secure implementation of full-disk encryption. With this method of encryption, all user information is encrypted while the phone is at rest. While it isn't absolutely foolproof, full-disk encryption is the most reliable and practical method for safeguarding your smartphone data from the prying eyes of law enforcement officers (and from wrongdoers, like the guy who walks off with your phone after you accidentally leave it in a bar.)"
Obama's Regulatory Reform
In his op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal, President Obama has announced he is signing an executive order to ensure that "regulations protect our safety, health, and environment while promoting economic growth."
D.C.'s first private electric car charging station was recently installed.
Warren Brookes Fellow Kathryn Ciano argues that while it's good that there's now a private alternative to public charging stations, the private station reveals the truth about the future of electric cars.
"[Y]ou have to admit: It’s a little silly that these cars are supposedly designed to herald a brighter future, and targeted only to the kind of yuppie weekend warriors that would pay to charge their cars in private."