Evan Vucci / AP

Opinion Extra! A victory for privacy in smartphone ruling

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014 - 1:15 pm

The nation’s highest court made a powerful statement Wednesday for protecting Americans’ privacy rights, ruling unanimously that police must get warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. We suggested as much in our April editorial, “Want to look at our smartphones? Get a warrant.”

Police have long been granted exceptions to the constitutional ban on unreasonable searches and seizures – to protect themselves and to prevent evidence from being destroyed.

Correctly, the nine justices said those exceptions shouldn’t apply to smartphones, which are really amazingly powerful mini computers that can store many details of our private lives – text messages, records of calls, histories of Internet searches, photos and videos.



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