Supreme Court Bans Warrantless Cell Phone Searches

Major ruling updates privacy laws for 21st century
Supreme Court Bans Warrantless Cell Phone Searches

by Stephen Dinan | Washington Times | June 25, 2014


The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights.

Police agencies had argued that searching through the data on cell phones was no different than asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cell phone is more fundamental.

The ruling amounts to a 21st century update to legal understanding of privacy rights.

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