Canada's top court rules cellphone searches legal, with caveats

December 11, 2014 6:03 PM

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that police may search a suspect's cellphone without a warrant under specific conditions that safeguard the broader constitutional right to privacy.

The 4-3 decision mirrored the deep divisions of lower courts in both Canada and the United States as they try to balance privacy rights in a digital age with law enforcement's need to protect evidence.

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