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Court lets police search phones without warrants

The state’s highest court, in its first decision on cellphone privacy for criminal suspects, ruled Wednesday that police in Massachusetts do not need a search warrant to examine the cellphone of someone they have arrested to see who has been in recent phone contact.

The Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling was limited in scope, giving police access only to the cellphone call log; it did not address constitutional rights to privacy for other cellphone content, such as texts and e-mails. The court will leave that broader issue “open for another day,” wrote Justice Margot Botsford.

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