DOJ argues for right to search arrestee cellphones without warrant

08/20/2013 | Slate

The Department of Justice has filed a petition to the Supreme Court requesting the right to search the cellphones of arrestees without a warrant. Law enforcement argues it needs the right to get at data stored on the phone before the owner has a chance to delete it. Civil liberties advocates are likely to argue modern smartphones carry so much personal information, including location data, call logs and photos, that their contents should be protected by the Fourth Amendment, Ryan Gallagher writes.

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