In a case that had been closely watched by privacy advocates, the US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police need a search warrant to be able to examine data on your cell phone pursuant to an arrest. Police can look through your wallets, purse, or your pockets or open compartments in your car without a warrant. But the Supreme Court drew the line on cell phones because of the vast amount of personal information they collect and store: social, personal and financial. Wired Magazone wrote: That ruling contradicts the argument from U.S. prosecutors that a search of a cell phone should instead be treated “as materially indistinguishable” from a search of any other box or bag found on an arrestee’s body. “That is like saying a ride on horseback is materially indistinguishable from a flight to the moon,” the Supreme Court’s ruling reads. “Modern cell phones, as a category, implicate privacy concerns far beyond those implicated by a cigarette pack, a wallet or a purse.”

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