Can police access my phone?

If you are arrested, police do have the power to search you and they may confiscate property you have with you at the time, such as a mobile phone.

If police ask to go through your phone you may refuse consent.

The police will then have to seek a warrant to search that specific property but can seize it in the interim. You should recieve a receipt for any property taken by the police. 

Police can also obtain orders from the court requiring you to release your security passwords or codes to allow them access to your phone or device. 

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