Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant For Cell Phone Searches

BY Heather Greenfield
June 25, 2014

Washington – In a unanimous ruling the Supreme Court said today that searching an individual’s smartphone constitutes a search and police would need a warrant to check someone’s smartphone during an arrest.


The following can be attributed to Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black:


“This is a crucial ruling that assures individuals their photos, letters, travel records and other documents revealing their lives have the same protection on their mobile phone as information stored in a desk at home.
“As technology advances and people rely more on their phones and less on paper records it is critical that 4th amendment protections against search and seizure keep up with that. We hope the next step is for Congress to pass pending legislation to ensure this warrant protection for other online communications.”

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