Police seized the computers and servicers of a Gizmodo editor Friday in an investigation on an iPhone prototype the news service purchased.
Police officers entered the home of Jason Chen's Fremond, Calif. home with a warrant that said a felony crime was being investigated, CNET News reported.
Gizmodo is owned by Gawker media, who last week purchased what they believe to be a lost prototype of the iPhone 4G for $5,000, CNET News reported.
California law states the government cannot force journalists to disclose sources, or seize material from a journalist, Wired reported.
Jennifer Granick, a civil liberties director at Electronic Frontier Foundation told Wired that Chen should have been protected for a warrant by state and federal laws.