Microsoft Hails Supreme Court Cell Phone Warrant Ruling
Microsoft's chief lawyer applauds the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision that requires law enforcement to produce a warrant to search cell phones.Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of legal and corporate affairs for Microsoft, left little doubt on his company's stance regarding the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on cell phone warrants. After tackling two high-profile cases, Riley vs. California and United States vs. Wurie, the nation's top court ruled on June 25 that law enforcement cannot examine the contents of cell phones without a search warrant. In both cases, police officers seized devices during an arrest, which yielded evidence that led to arrests on additional charges. In the court's opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts, stated that today's "cell phones are not just another technological convenience." "The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought," added Roberts. "Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple—get a warrant."
Microsoft is pleased with the Supreme Court's "historic" decision, which "will be remembered as another seminal moment in advancing privacy protection," said Smith in a statement. Noting that the decision was struck by a "unanimous rather than divided court," he singled out the "court's reasoning and its positive implications both for smart devices and the storage of personal information in the cloud."