No Fourth Amendment Protections Against Warrantless Cell Phone Searches at U.S. Border, Says Federal Court

In its 2014 decision in Riley v. California , the U.S. Supreme Court held that law enforcement officials violated the Fourth Amendment when they searched an arrestee’s cell phone without a warrant. “Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. “With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans ‘the privacies of life.’ The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought.” But what about when an American citizen is returning home from abroad and U.S. border officials want to thoroughly search the contents of that person’s cell phone?

Source: No Fourth Amendment Protections Against Warrantless Cell Phone Searches at U.S. Border, Says Federal Court

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