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Supreme Court Decides Debate on Cell Phones and Privacy

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The Supreme Court handed down a monumental ruling today.

Up for discussion: Can police search your phone?

In a unanimous decision, 9-0, The Court said it's very simple; you need a warrant.

The case stemmed from two other cases involving police searching a suspect's phone.

In those cases, the suspects were sentenced in part due to information found on their phones.

Now the Supreme Court says just because you have your phone on you doesn't mean police can search it.

In the past, there were two reasons to search a person immediately, protecting the officer's safety and preserving evidence.

But technology has thrown a wrench in to ease of following the law.

"The Court was presented with the question of what do we do with this brand new technology that's very different from hiding a razor that court hurt a police officer," said lawyer Victoria Liccionne.

This will add an extra step for officers pulling over drivers who are texting. If the person doesn't want to hand over their phone to confirm texting and driving, the officer must obtain a warrrant.

If a situation has the potential to be dangerous, the law says officers are able to search the phone without a warrant.

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