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The California Supreme Court has ruled that police don't need a warrant to search the text messages on a cell phone being carried by a suspect...
...The majority opinion, cited precedents from the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the contents of a cell phone are like the contents of clothing or a cigarette pack found on a suspect's person. The U.S. Supreme Court has found that those types of searches do not require a warrant under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution...
In a dissenting opinion, Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar wrote that cell phones are different from the personal items involved in the earlier cases because of the large amount of information that can be stored on them. "Never before has it been possible to carry so much personal or business information in one's pocket or purse," Werdegar wrote.
Originally posted by Jinglelord
I think the people will not stand for it for long if law enforcement abuses the right, but if it is used in moderation where appropriate this can very well stick. The government and law enforcement have much more power onpaper than they exercise normally which is why in my opinion most of this power remains.