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US Supreme Court Requires Search Warrants for Cell Phone Searches

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police must obtain a search warrant to discover the contents of an arrested suspect’s cell phone.

Finding that cell phone data was intimately personal, Chief Justice Roberts wrote for the Court “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 (country’s) Founders fought. Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cellphone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple – get a warrant…”

See full text of decision here, with Robert’s reference to Martians and cell phones:¬†Riley v. California – Supreme Court of the United States