Warrants needed for cellphone searches, Supreme Court rules

Police must obtain warrants to search cellphones and smartphones when they are making arrests, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a unanimous decision.

The ruling involves two separate cases from Massachusetts and California, with the decision weighing heavily in favor of privacy rights.

"Privacy comes at a cost," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, after noting that the court "cannot deny" that the decision will have an effect on police.

(More to follow.)

This story, "Warrants needed for cellphone searches, Supreme Court rules" was originally published by IDG News Service .

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