The Supreme Court says your Cell Phone is Private

The Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling this week clarifying the limits on police examination of cell phone data.

The Court said that, in most cases, police need a warrant before searching the cellphone or other personal electronic device of an arrested person.

Attorneys had argued that cell phones were searchable under existing laws which permit searches for contraband when a person is arrested. Justice Roberts, writing for the Court, disagreed:

“Modern cell phones, as a category, implicate privacy concerns far beyond those implicated by the search of a cigarette pack, a wallet, or a purse.”

Justice Roberts noted that the decision would make fighting some crime more difficult, but said that fact could not justify warrantless searches of smartphones and cellphones.

Have you been arrested and had your cell phone searched? Call Attorney Gregg Wagman today.


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