Pivotal Supreme Court case could expand unwarranted cellphone searches

Raises the question of whether “unreasonable search and seizure” protects digital information

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution gives citizens protection from “unreasonable search and seizure,” a stipulation that has long prevented United States government agents from collecting information without a specific reason for doing so.  While this constitutional protection does not cover information in "plain sight" or that is carried on a person, the proliferation of smartphones which carry vast sums of personal data have blurred the line of how far that constitutional protection extends.

Whether or not  police and government agents have the right to search smartphones as part of the standard evidence collection process heads to the Supreme Court on April 29, in  Riley v. California. And the pending decision could alter the personal freedoms enjoyed by United States citizens.

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Chris DiMarco

Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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