U.S. Court approves warrantless search of mobile phones

After a drug bust in Indiana, the cell phones of those indicted and arrested were checked and their numbers recorded during the investigations by the police. However, one of those arrested protested against this act as believed it as a violation of his privacy. If the Fourth Amendment is to be consulted, all unreasonable searches are indeed a violation and the person in question refused to part with any information that his cell phone contained and he also refused to reveal his cell phone number. However, when the case was brought in for judgment, the Appeal was rejected and the court not just ruled the suspect in for a 10 year prison sentence but also disregarded his claim for privacy in context if the mobile content checks carried out by the investigating officers.

The court although recognizing that the Fourth Amendment was in violation here, ruled in favor of the police who have now the complete right to check suspect’s cell phone and other electronic storage devices like laptops, computers, Ipads etc., without a warrant. This puts in question the privacy of citizens and the upper hand been allowed to police and other crime investigating authority. Justifying the judgment, the court likened a person’s phone to a diary. Since a diary can be checked without a warrant for doing so, the investigation of a cell phone’s contents shouldn’t be considered any different from the former issue. In all of this, the issue of revealing someone’s private information at the touch of a button is now a reality. Americans will need to accept this new rule and take measures to safeguard their privacy in case an officer comes by wanting to investigate your phone for a parking violation.

The court also however cited the vulnerability of the data in one’s phone as a reason for possible loss of valuable evidence in cases where the suspect is indeed a criminal. The ease of removal of phone’s information, remotely even, is something that is potentially an aspect that can make or break the case for indicting someone who is really guilty of a crime.

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