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“You Are Going to Need a Warrant for That!”

July 7, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Riley v. California, that the police must first obtain a warrant before searching a person’s cell phone incident to an arrest. The Court recognized that a person’s cell phone is not just a phone, but an electronic storage device that more closely resembles your home computer or laptop, than the landline at your house.

In fact, the cell phone industry now refers to cell phones as “smart” phones, because they do much more than allow the users to make and receive calls. If you walked into any retailer, you would be hard-pressed to find a cell phone that only allowed the user to make and receive calls, because a data plan” is normally required for all new cell phones.

So, if you are in the unfortunate position of being arrested and the police want to search your cell/smart phone, remember the words of Jay-Z, “You are going to need a warrant for that!”

Click here for the Huffington Post article.