Supreme Court Rules on Privacy
A recent ruling by the Supreme Court has a significant impact on how the court sees the protection of digital information and your 4th amendment rights. In Riley v. California the court ruled that the police needed a warrant to search the cell phone of someone they arrested. This was a surprising 9-0 ruling by the court to limit the power of the government to search your data.
Prior to this ruling the police were using the search-incident-to-arrest (SIA) exception. This exception allows police to search and seize the personal items when someone is arrested. The court said that there is a significant difference between looking at what you have in your pocket with looking at the volumes of data a smartphone contains about you.