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'Can I take a look at your phone?': Police powers to search mobile phones


Bradfield, R, 'Can I take a look at your phone?': Police powers to search mobile phones, Alternative Law Journal, 45, (3) pp. 215-221. ISSN 1037-969X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1037969X20905129


This article examines whether there is sufficient clarity around the power of police officers to search a person's mobile phone without a warrant and whether further legislative protections are needed. It examines the law in different Australian jurisdictions and argues that the law is uncertain and that greater clarity and safeguards are required to set the appropriate boundaries for the exercise of police powers to ensure that the rights of individuals are adequately protected.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:law enforcement, police powers to search without warrant, mobile phones
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Privacy and data rights
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Bradfield, R (Dr Rebecca Bradfield)
ID Code:143572
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2021-03-24
Last Modified:2021-04-28

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