Supreme Court to take up cellphone search cases

Updated: 04/28/2014 7:36 AM
Created: 04/28/2014 6:51 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

How do you view your cellphone? As something you carry with you or something that is a part of you? The Supreme Court will be looking into that question as it relates to law enforcement.

The Justice Department and the state of California have claimed a cellphone is no different from anything else a person may be carrying when arrested. That would mean police can search those items without a warrant. But a drug dealer and a gang member want the court to rule that the search of a cellphone after their arrest violates their right to privacy in the digital age. Those who support the privacy side of the debate note cellphones are powerful devices that may turn up a wealth of personal data and turn up more information online.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the devices are "in effect, our new homes" and shouldn't be searched by police unless there is a specific reason to do so.

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