Supreme Court Will Weigh In On Police Cell Phone Searches
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.
Supreme Court Says Police Must Get Warrant to Search Phones
The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that police must obtain a warrant before they can search the cell phones of people they arrest.
Court: No Warrant Needed For Police to Snag Cell Location Data
A federal court ruled police can obtain cell phone location records from carriers without first getting a warrant. A Florida man, Quartavious Davis, convicted of seven armed robberies in 2010 argued the cell phone records used to place him in the vicinity of the robberies were protected under the Fourth Amendment.
Court Rules Cell Location Data Fair Game
The U.S. Court of Appeals has sided with the government and ruled that law enforcement can gather cell location records without first obtaining a warrant.
Supreme Court Won't Weigh In On Phone Location Warrants
The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to review an appeal concerning the use of search warrants for cellphone location data.
Court Says Warrants Required for Phone Location Data
An appellate court in Atlanta unanimously decided that police violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a suspected criminal by accessing his cell phone's location data without a warrant. Police investigating a string of robberies used a court order to obtain the suspect's cell phone data, which included details about the cell towers his phone connected to when making calls and gave away his general location.
"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?