Legal professionals are warning the Apple Watch could open owners up to criminal liability due to a new feature that automatically dials 911 if it senses the wearer has fallen and no action is taken. Due to the “community caretaking” exception to the Fourth Amendment, police could legally enter someone’s home without a warrant after receiving an emergency alert. They would then be free to scope the surroundings out for potential criminality.
This is the notion that law enforcement officers can enter a private space if they reasonably believe that someone needs emergency assistance. It’s similar to the “exigent circumstances” exception, which allows police to come in if they believe someone is in imminent danger or physical evidence is being destroyed. In such a situation, the watch would alert first responders, and police officers could enter her home. They might spot a few joints on her coffee table, and the wearer might be subsequently charged with felony drug possession.