We understand that cellphone searches are sometimes necessary to obtain important evidence. But the same is true of searching your home. The most invasive searches tend to be the most useful, precisely because of their invasiveness. The U.S. Supreme Court recently recognized this in a unanimous decision requiring a warrant for cellphone searches. As a society, we’ve decided that police need a warrant to search your home, barring exceptional circumstances. But the underlying assumption – that our homes, not our phones, contain our most private information – is increasingly untrue. Should police search our homes, we would not be alone among our generation were our first thought: “Oh god – is my phone there?”

Anisah Hassan and Josh Stark, “Phones are more private than houses – so shouldn’t be easier to search
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