Supreme Court To Weigh Cellphone Searches

 

 

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” The Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a warrant to search a suspect’s cellphone, in two appeals that could define the parameters of law enforcement tapping into the trove of data stored on smartphones.

  The issue, arising in separate cases from Boston and San Diego, is the latest collision at the court between the capabilities of technology and the centuries-old Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

  The outcome of Tuesday’s cases could affect the way police handle tens of thousands of arrests each year. Lower courts have reached conflicting conclusions, including in the two cases before the court.

  Law-enforcement advocates argue phones are similar to other personal effects found on someone at the time of arrest: Police can go through photos, address books and similar materials found on a person without obtaining a warrant, under Supreme Court precedents intended to protect officers’ safety and prevent destruction of evidence.

  Privacy advocates contend police shouldn’t have unfettered access to information that previously couldn’t be seen without entering someone’s home.”

 

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