WASHINGTON – A hot button issue involving your cell phone was decided upon by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The court ruled unanimously that police are not able to search cellphones without a warrant.
According to USA Today, the justices noted the amount of sensitive data on modern smartphones raise new privacy concerns that make them separate from other evidence that can be searched.
Justice Roberts noted that cellphones are “such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.”
Law enforcement officials had claimed that cellphones are used by criminals to arrange drug deals and by gang members to communicate via text message.
Previously, some police departments had used cellphone information to convict criminals of several crimes, even if they were simply pulled over for a traffic violation.