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Supreme Court Enters 21st Century, Bans This Type of Warrantless Search

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Finally – major ruling updates privacy laws for our digital age.

* The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights.

* Police agencies had argued that searching through the data on cell phones was no different than asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cell phone is more fundamental.

* Of course, the court still granted law enforcement some power in this regard – as it did carve out exceptions for “exigencies” that arise, such as “major security threats”. Riiight.

[More.](http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/25/supreme-court-bans-warrantless-cell-phone-searches/#ixzz35gqLvWmc)

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