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Supreme Court Will Weigh In On Police Cell Phone Searches

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Jan 17, 2014, 3:12 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The U.S. Supreme Court today said it will hear two different cases that will determine whether or not police need to first obtain a warrant before exploring the cell phone records of potential criminals. Both case involve people who were convicted after police searched their cell phones - without warrants - and were charged with felonies. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments as soon as April and offer a decision in June. Individual U.S. states' vary on whether or not law enforcement agencies must get a warrant to search suspects' cell phones. The outcome of these cases could set precedent for federal law.

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Jayshmay

Jan 17, 2014, 3:50 PM

Different?

How would a cellphone search without a warrant be any different than any other search without a warrant???
It is hard to define whether or not it is different. I believe in the terms and conditions of using a cell phone, it would say something along the lines that all of your data is collected. Since all of your data is collected, GPS location is readily a...
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A better question to ask is
"How is a cell phone different from a dairy, day planner and travel log? Are warrants required for searches of those paper item? If so why would their electronic equivalents not require a warrant?
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