Supreme Court will require warrants for searching smartphones

The vast stores of information available on even the cheapest phones a strong factor in decision

Despite the fact that phones can offer valuable pieces of evidence that could arguably be used to put criminals behind bars, the Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot be classified in the same way as other “pocket litter,” saying that police officers must obtain warrants to search such devices.

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court said that the amount of information potentially stored on a smartphone coupled with the access it could give into other aspects of a person’s life them constitutionally protected under the 4th Amendment.

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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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