Court Rules Warrant Required for Cell Phone Searches
The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement officials need to first get a search warrant before they can examine the contents of a cell phone. The only exception would be if the officer deems his or her life is in imminent danger. The decision was reached after a criminal trial in which a defendant claimed unreasonable search and seizure of his phone after being arrested, a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Lawyers argued whether or not cell phones can be considered "closed containers", which is what the Fourth Amendment actually protects. In this case, cell phones were ruled closed containers, and now require separate warrants to be searched in the state of Ohio. Other states have taken the opposing position. The U.S. Supreme Court has not made any rulings on this issue, and the lawyer who lost this particular ruling in Ohio is still considering an appeal at that level.
Supreme Court Weighing Warrants for Cell Phone Location
The Supreme Court today heard a case regarding whether or not law enforcement can access certain types of cell location data without a warrant. Government agencies do not currently need a warrant when requesting location and other data held by phone companies thanks to a 1979 court case.
Supreme Court to Weigh Accessibility of Cell Location Data
The Supreme Court today said it will hear a case regarding whether or not law enforcement can access certain types of cell location data without a warrant. As it stands today, the government does not need to get a warrant when seeking location and other information held by phone companies.
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.
Will this extend to teachers?
In my day we had to take pictures of our Junk and put it in an envelope and mail it to our girlfriends.
we were lucky if the guy at the local drugstore didn't "lose" the pictures while printing them.
Correct me if I am wrong, but...
I keep in my cell phone