Hats off to SCOTUS for getting one right!
In a sweeping victory for privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.
While the decision will offer protection to the 12 million people arrested every year, many for minor crimes, its impact will most likely be much broader. The ruling almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers, and its reasoning may apply to searches of homes and businesses and of information held by third parties like phone companies.One thing the justices were clear on in their ruling is that it does not cover information stored in the cloud. That will be a separate case. With more and more of our personal information stored in computer databases outside our homes, our Fourth Amendment protections must extend to this information as well, otherwise the evolution of technology will have rendered our constitutional protections irrelevant.