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Supreme Court to Cops: 'Get a Warrant' for Cell Phone Searches

A visitor to the Supreme Court uses his cellphone to take a photo on April 29 in Washington
A visitor to the Supreme Court uses his cellphone to take a photo on April 29 in WashingtonPhotograph by AP Photo

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision with broad implications for digital privacy rights and police investigations, ruled today that police must generally get a warrant before searching the cells phones of people they arrest.

The court heard two cases related to warrantless searches of cell phones and how the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable search and seizure applies to new technologies.