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High Court Could Weigh in on Cellphone Searches

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 04:04 PM

 


The Supreme Court could say as early as Friday whether it will resolve a new clash over privacy and technology in the digital age.

The justices are considering two cases involving warrantless police searches of the cellphones of people who have been arrested.

More than 40 years after the court ruled that police don't need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested, federal and state courts are increasingly divided over whether those rules should apply to cellphones, which have the capacity to store vast amounts of data, including highly personal information.

The Pew Research Center says more than 90 percent of Americans own at least one cellphone, and the majority of those are smartphones — essentially portable computers that are also telephones.


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