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Editorial: A victory for personal privacy

Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Grandma used to have a list of all her important phone numbers written on a piece of paper taped to the wall.

Today, that information would be accessible through her cell phone, along with work documents, private messages, photographs , schedules, vital documents, bills, shopping receipts and just about any other personal item.

So it should come as great relief to citizens that the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that in order for police to search your phone, they have to get a search warrant.

Cell phones have gone from convenience items to electronic storage devices for almost every aspect of our lives. Information once kept in file cabinets and drawers in our homes — which police still need a warrant to search — is now carried with us in our pockets.

The ruling could make the job of police in arresting drug dealers and the like more difficult. But violating our privacy is supposed to be difficult.

Police shouldn't automatically have access to our personal information without providing justification to a judge for that access.

Wednesday's decision was a long-overdue victory for personal privacy.

Let's hope it's the start of a trend.

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June 29, 2014
12:33 p.m.
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ChuckD says...

A larger step against abusive police practices than the baby step for personal privacy.


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