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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you believe police should get a warrant before searching someone's cellphone?
Police can not search a cellphone or smartphone.... without first getting a warrant.
That's the decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, and marks a major victory for privacy advocates.
The court ruled on two cases from California and Massachusetts,
A California court upheld a man's conviction on gang-related weapons offenses that police uncovered after stopping his car for expired tags.
They found guns under the hood, and incriminating photos and video on his smartphone.
The justices overturned that conviction.
In the Massachusetts case... a federal appeals court threw out a man's conviction after a search of his phone during a street arrest led police to find a cache of drugs and weapons at his home.
The high court upheld that ruling.... throwing out the conviction.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the decision will have an impact on the ability of law enforcement to combat crime... but privacy comes at a cost.
Right now, police can search a person under arrest and whatever physical items are within reach to find weapons and preserve evidence that might be destroyed.
But the justices noted that vast amounts of sensitive data on modern smartphones raise new privacy concerns that differentiate them from other items.
Do you believe police should get a warrant before searching someone's cellphone? Tell us what you think. You can vote on our Facebook page under the Connect 3 button or just click here to go there now.