Legal Matters

Police Must Obtain Warrant Before Searching Your Cell Phone Data, SCOTUS Rules

Chief Justice John Roberts (Wikimedia Commons)

Police must always obtain a warrant to search an arrestee’s cellphone, the Supreme Court ruled today in a unanimous decision.

Today’s cell phones are more than just tools to make calls, the judges recognized. Modern Americans store their entire lives on their phones, from banking information and health data to private conversations and, obviously, sexts. All that stuff deserves constitutional privacy protection, SCOTUS decided. Read More