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U.S Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Cell Phone Searches Seen As Boost To Privacy Rights
The United State Supreme Court says police officers cannot search the contents of a person's cell phone unless they obtain a search warrant or get consent from the person. The unanimous ruling affirms a person's right to privacy, so says former Luzerne County Judge and District Attorney Peter Paul Olszewski. Olszewski said, "The ruling is clear that it protects the privacy rights of a person when it comes to information on a cell phone. Police do not have to obtain a search warrant if they believe the lives of the officers or the public are in danger and they fell information on the cell phone is vital to protecting those lives." Wilkes-Barre Township Police Captain Will Clark said, "The law will not have any major impact on our investigations since state law already makes sure we do not have unfettered access to cell phone information." People we spoke to in Lackawanna County reacted to the high court's ruling. Matt Demming of Carbondale told Eyewitness News, "If you don't have anything to worry about then its no big deal if you get stopped by police but I think we should have protection against random searches of our cell phones."