BREAKING – Supreme Court Bans Warrantless Cellphone Searches!

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In a major victory for privacy advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously this morning that police may not snoop through a person’s cellphone without a warrant.

Law enforcement have argued snooping through data on mobile phones was the same as asking someone to empty their pickets. But the justices disagreed, ruling a cellphone is more fundamental.

“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,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the unanimous court.

“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.”

Going even further, the court ruled police can not even check a cellphone’s call log that even that information contains more than phone numbers and is therefore a violation of the right to privacy.

Chief Justice John Roberts cited precedent that said there was a difference between asking a suspect to empty his pockets versus “ransacking his house for everything which may incriminate him,” and the court ruled the cellphones fall into the second category.

Justices did permit for exceptions, such as major national security threats.

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One small victory for mankind…

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