Alex Howard writes: “This United States Supreme Court got it right in a unanimous decision on a key privacy issue in the 21st century (PDF). Today, the highest court in the land held that “the police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested.” The closely watched case … sets a landmark precedent for the digital due process that law enforcement officers must accord citizens, creating a legal requirement for the search of a private device similar to the one that exists for a private home. The decision will have a far-reaching impact upon hundreds of millions of people, extending Fourth Amendment protections to a device that the vast majority of Americans carry everywhere today.”

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