Q: I'm on probation in californnia, to what extent am I (or persons on probation in general) under surveillance?
For example, is it normal for persons on probation to be followed physically, what about monitoring electronic communications at the home? would it for example be in scope to use some kind of exploits or other attacks? I'm wondering what is the normal level of surveillance for someone on felony probation and what is the scope of this surveillance
A: The terms and conditions of formal felony probation are ordered by the court and listed in the probation report for each specific defendant. Some people are ordered to provide the password to their cell phones to enable the P.O. to search the phone in a drug sales case, for example. But every case has a general condition that the probationer is subject to warrantless searches (with or without probable cause.) This doesn’t mean police can violate your right of privacy by electronically monitoring your communications or surveilling your activities (assuming you’re serving a sentence on an ankle monitor!)
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