Supreme Court enshrines privacy of smartphones (FT.com, 25 juin 2014) ▻http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/543dc0da-fc91-11e3-81f5-00144feab7de.html
US #police must obtain a warrant to search a suspect’s #smartphone after the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that constitutional #privacy protections apply to the often extensive data people keep on the devices in their pockets.
The fourth amendment bans “unreasonable searches and seizures” but police are usually allowed to search the personal belongings a suspect is carrying. Lower courts had been divided on whether to ban searches of smartphones without a warrant.
“Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans ‘the privacies of life’,” he wrote Chief Justice John Roberts. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought.”