Supreme Court: Cell Phone Searches Need Warrants

Supreme Court: Cell Phone Searches Need Warrants

In one of the most interesting mobile news items of the year, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday in favor of consumer cell phone privacy. The court unanimously decided smartphones and other electronic devices are not in the same category as wallets, briefcases, and vehicles. The latter 3 are all currently subject to initial examination by law enforcement. Opponents claim this will allow criminals to hide potential evidence from law enforcement by simply locking their smartphone. Supporters think this a huge win for consumer privacy. There may be mixed opinions about the case, but like yesterday’s Aereo decision, it shows a climate shift in the laws surrounding digital devices. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few years.

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