Supreme Court Considers Cellphone Searches, Right to Privacy
The Supreme Court struggled Tuesday to find the proper balance between law enforcement’s power to search cellphones seized during an arrest and an individual’s right not to reveal the vast amount of information that can be stored there.
There did not seem to be majority support for the government’s position that there is no need for a warrant before police can examine the device. Nor did there seem to be enough votes for the other side’s position: that warrants are almost always required.
Where to draw the line seemed elusive in two hours of discussion about challenges filed by people who were convicted on evidence found in the phones they carried.