Thursday, June 26, 2014

Way to go, Supreme Court!

Though I'm frequently critical of the work of this court, I have to say that I applaud their recent decision to require police to have a search warrant before they can look through the contents of a person's cell phone.  With all the information that today's cell phones can carry, I believe this ruling was absolutely the right one.  They even explained it well near the end of the ruling:

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. 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. 
The ruling, which is worth at least a skim, displays a refreshingly good understanding of the role smartphones play in our lives today. 

Good job, Supreme Court!

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