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Supreme Court Rules For Cellphone Privacy

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They have become an integral part of daily life, and every where you look, someone is doing something on their cell phone; something personal.

"You know, there are some things that just belong to ya, and to me this is one of them," said Barbara Grimm.
The Supreme Court agrees with that sentiment, ruling that authorities will need a search warrant, even during an arrest, if they want to go through your phone.

"You know, overall it's just another way that they took one tool out of our tool box," said Shannon Clark of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. 

"I don't perceive it as blocking us from getting where we need to be, I do see it as adding more hours in the day," said Rogers' County Sheriff Scott Walton.

The court described cellphones as being such a pervasive part of daily life, that a visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.

"You're whole life is on your phone these days," said Jacob Rachal.

Jacob was flipping through his phone when we found him at Riverside. His take on the ruling?

"You'd need a warrant to search your house or search your car or something, so, why would a phone be any different," he said.

A sentiment passionately shared by Barbara Grimm.

"I don't want them coming in and pulling mine out of my pocket," she said.

Her reasoning cuts straight to the core of what it means to be an American.

"We earned those rights, that's part of why we are who we are," she said.

A definition tweaked today to try and balance cellphone privacy and law enforcement.

"This confirms that we need to spend that extra time and get the warrant and retrieve this information so it doesn't become non-admissible in court," said Walton.

"In all reality, there's still exigent circumstances that exist. So in the case of a major crime or major incident where we have to go in and look at somebody's phone, we still have those exigent circumstances," said Clark.

 
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