Poll: Americans believe police should get a warrant before searching personal cellphones

In a blog post Wednesday, Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, shared the results of a new poll that shows the American public in support of the Supreme Court’s unanimous view that police need a warrant to search someone’s cellphone.

Smith writes, “The Court noted that phones today are often a gateway to the email and pictures we now store in the cloud, and these deserve the same Constitutional protection we’ve traditionally had for things kept in our homes.”

The survey found that 83 percent of American voters agreed. It also revealed that 75 percent agree with Chief Justice Roberts’ statement that “privacy comes at a cost” and there needs to be a balance between fighting crime and our Constitutional right to privacy; and 86 percent believe police should have to follow the same legal requirements for obtaining personal information stored in the cloud as they do for personal information stored on paper.

To read the rest of Smith’s post and find out more about how the poll shows that the American public wants the right balance between public safety and the privacy concerns of technology users, head over to Microsoft on the Issues.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff