Police have limited right to search a suspect’s cellphone, Supreme Court rules

December 11, 2014 7:38 PM

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OTTAWA — A divided Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that police can conduct a limited search of suspect’s cellphone without getting a search warrant, but they must follow strict rules.

By a 4-3 margin, the court said in a precedent-setting ruling that the search must be directly related to the circumstances of a person’s arrest and the police must keep detailed records of the search.

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