US Supreme Court Rules that a Warrant is Necessary to Search Your Cell Phone

The US Supreme Court, in a 9-0 ruling, stated that a search warrant is necessary to search the contents of a cell phone.

The article at the above link gives a good account of the history of the case and the court’s reasoning that even if the police validly detain an individual for something like a traffic violation, they can not then expand their activity to a search of his or her cell phone for evidence of other illegal activities in the absence of a warrant setting forth the particulars that are the basis for the need to search the phone.

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June 25, 2014 · 12:16 PM

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