Letter: Court did right by phone users
The Supreme Court recently considered the question of whether police can search cell phones, particularly smartphones, of arrested suspects. The court got it right when it ruled on June 25 that warrants are required. The ruling goes a long way toward ensuring the privacy rights of all Americans. The decision in this case, Riley v. California, was unanimous. Correctly, all nine justices have recognized that people carry their entire lives on their smartphones. The court has recognized that times have changed and that these days a cell phone search “would typically expose to the government far more than the most exhaustive search of a house.” If the Supreme Court decided otherwise, the government would be free to rummage through one’s personal life.
Ilya Ablavsky, via email