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.)

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