Landmark Ruling Requires Police to Obtain Warrants Before Searching Mobile Phone Data
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This week, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) ruled in favor of privacy interests on a hotly debated and controversial subject regarding warrantless searches. The issue: is a warrant required for law enforcement officials to search a cellular phone taken from a person incident to arrest?
The answer, as relayed by Chief Justice Roberts in the court’s Wednesday opinion, is a confident yes. Roberts & Co. unanimously delivered a well-deserved gift to privacy advocates by holding that the police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested. […]