New Federal and State Court Rulings on Phone Searches

In Analysis by Michael Rae

There is no dispute that cell phones contain a lot of personal information. The Supreme Court recognized in 2014 in Riley v. California that a cell phone is “not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans ‘the privacies of life’.” For this reason, the Court held that the police generally need a warrant to search one. But what happens when police do get a warrant? Can they look at everything on your phone?
Well, it depends.
Riley didn’t articulate any standards that limit the scope of cell phone searches, and courts are taking different approaches. While some

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