Supreme Court Says Police Searches of Cellphones is Constitutional
The Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that police searches of cellphones in possession of suspects are constitutional as long as they relate directly to the arrests and police keep detailed notes.
Three dissenting justices said the police must get a search warrant in all cases except in if there is a danger to the public or the police, or if evidence could be destroyed.
Privacy advocates had argued cellphones and personal computers are “an intensely personal and uniquely pervasive sphere” that needs clear protection.
The court also said that passwords do not increase a person’s privacy.
Did the Supreme Court of Canada make a bad ruling here? Should cops always be required to obtain a search warrant before searching somebody’s cellphone?