Digital era confounds the courts
Is searching a cellphone like looking in a pack of smokes? That’s the question that some courts are facing, relying on a 40-year-old case for precedent that experts say has been overtaken by modern technology.
Lower courts have been split on the authority of police to search your technology. Currently, court rulings have required warrants to search a cellphone in six states, while they are not required in 20 other states, according to a map put together by Forbes and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.