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US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously That Cellphone Searches Require A Warrant

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This ruling has distinct implications on the concept of digital privacy if it signals that the Court will apply fundamentally different rules to searches of computers and cellular phones than the traditionally adhered to searches of other forms of personal property.

Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the opinion of the court. Roberts wrote that cellphones are powerful tools that are able to store a "digital record of nearly every aspect" of people's lives. Consequently, they are different from almost anything police find on a person upon arrest. A search of a person's cellphone is far more invasive to one's privacy, Roberts said, than a search of the person's wallet or purse.

"It is no exaggeration to say that many of the more than 90% of American adults who own a cellphone keep on their person a digital record of nearly every aspect of their lives — from the mundane to the intimate," Roberts wrote.

Read the full opinion here.

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