Supreme Court rule that police need warrants for cellphone searches

In a surprise move for privacy advocates, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that in most circumstances police cannot search the cellular phone of somebody they’ve arrested.

Modern cellphones “hold for many Americans the privacies of life,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for a court united behind the opinion’s expansive language. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought.”

The Washington Post.

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