A security researcher has positively identified an FBI affidavit for a search warrant ordering Google to crack open a screen-locked Android phone.
California governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have banned police from searching suspects' phones and even PCs without a warrant.
The government has been told that it must have a valid search warrant before seizing and searching emails.
Joseph McCarthy may be long dead, but his Cold War era scare tactics - namely fear and intimidation - seem to be alive and well in the sunny State of California.
The US government is pushing to be allowed access to people's cellphone records to help fight crime.