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Police department searches of social media, cellphone data increasingly common

Police department searches of social media, cellphone data increasingly common

You use your cellphone for almost everything: to pay bills, as a workout tracker that maps where you jog, to remind you where you parked your car and it helps you keep in touch with friends and family through apps such as Facebook and Instagram.

All of that data is fair game for the police to use and sift through in criminal investigations through the use of search warrants.

According to a Virginia Gazette analysis of 511 search warrants digitized and filed in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court since 2011, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of warrants issued to cell phone and internet service providers as well as big technology companies such as Google...

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