Supreme Court Limits Police Searches of Cellphones

By Richard Wolf   USA today


The Supreme Court, after an tough decision, has ruled that law enforcement agencies can not search you cell phone without a warrant.  It is clear that countless local and state police agencies are armed with new technologies. Theese include mobile devices that can view cellphone information in no time. They are capturing information from millions of cellphone users at a time whether they are being targeted for a criminal offense or not.  The information picked up normally includes identity and location. Also, call and text logs, or other data about the users communications. With all of this information, a police officer can find anything they need to know, and more. However, just recently the supreme court has decided to put an end to this. Searching a cell phone, is nothing like searching a waller, or even a house. When digital data is involved, more is at risk!

IDEALS RELATED TO THIS STORY: rights and liberty

Both rights and liberty are related to this article. Having a search warrant before searching a cellular device is completely necessary. Without a warrant, ones rights would be hurt, because the fourth amendment would be violated. Chief justice, John Rice, states that "more substantial privacy interests are at stake when digital data is involved".  A person should and will not have there basic rights taken away. Also the freedom to say and and act how you please, without being limited by unnecessary force is liberty. This is stated in the constitution, and by having your personal information searched without a judges ruling, affects this right.

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