Supreme Court Answers Question Regarding Privacy of a Cell Phone.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday June 25, 2014 unanimously ruled that police may not search the cell phones of criminal suspects upon arrest without a warrant. This means that unlike many of your personal belongings like a wallet or a purse that may be searched upon arrest, your cell phone may not be searched without your consent, or a valid search warrant.
The Supreme Court today made a great step in the right direction affording suspected criminals the right to privacy on their electronic devices today regarding a person's 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. Police departments around the country will have to change their policy regarding searching suspect's cell phones and other electronic devices. Evidence obtained through the search of a defendant's cell phone without a warrant will be inadmissible in court. This can include phone numbers, text messages, pictures, video, addresses, or anything else used as evidence. Information contained on a persons electronic device must be held as private to the cell phone owner and can not be searched until a warrant is obtained. This does not mean that they can never search your cell phone, it just means they must obtain a warrant first.
``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," according to the ruling. "Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant."