US Supreme Court ruling requires police to obtain warrants to search your cell phone


A new ruling (PDF) from the US Supreme Court has made it more difficult for police officers to search your cell phone if you get stopped. Law enforcement will, in general, need to get a warrant. The court’s decision makes for an interesting read, but this sums it up if you’re short on time: Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans “the privacies of life,” Boyd, supra, at 630. The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand...

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