Silicon Valley cops raid Gizmodo editor’s home taking 4 computers

Police armed with a search warrant broke into the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen and seized four computers and other devices related to their investigation of how Gizmodo obtained a lost iPhone prototype. The Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen’s American Express bill and copies of his checks.

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Police armed with a search warrant broke into the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen and seized four computers and other devices related to their investigation of how Gizmodo obtained a lost iPhone prototype. The Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen’s American Express bill and copies of his checks.

In my opinion, this is a mistake. It’s unclear what evidence they had used as a basis for the warrant but it sounds like the search itself is a fishing expedition for a crime. Gizmodo, owned by Gawker Media, is not exactly a guy in his garage running a blog. No doubt there will be a legal fight and far reaching implications for other bloggers and journalists. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. Questions are already being raised as to the legality of the warrant. It seems overly broad and may violated Federal and California laws.

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