Our mobile devices increasingly hold the details of our lives. Our phones hold the names and contact information of our friends, family and colleagues. They maintain our calendars and plans. They track our internet activity and preferences, store passwords and even pinpoint our locations.
Not surprisingly, the government has learned to exploit our reliance on mobile devices. Take the example of Daniel Milzman, the Georgetown University student suspected of creating ricin in his dorm room. As Breaking Bad devotees already know, ricin is a highly toxic chemical that is lethal to humans even in small doses.
The government aggressively sought a search warrant for Mr. Milzman’s smartphone to build their case against him. But a magistrate judge in the District of Columbia said no, forcing the government to go back and try again. Here’s the Milzman order. Continue reading