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. Individual U.S. states vary on whether or not law enforcement agencies must get a warrant to search suspects' cell phones. Today's Supreme Court decision could set precedent for federal law or impact state laws. Earlier this month an appellate court in Georgia also agreed that police need to obtain warrants before they can search cell phones. The cases each involved defendants who were convicted of crimes based on evidence obtained by searches of their cell phones without warrants. Today, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said, "The vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be protected from routine inspection."
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 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.
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 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.