Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cell phone privacy

The U.S. Supreme Court  ruled yesterday in Riley v. California that law enforcement cannot search a person's cell phone without a  search warrant. The unanimous decision disagreed with the argument that there should be no difference between smartphones and legally searchable "pocket litter" such as wallets, cigarette wrappers and address books.  The decision not only protects all of the personal data that may be stored on a person's smartphone, but it also prohibits the police from looking at a suspect's recent calls without a warrant or some other immediate danger.