An anonymous reader writes In a surprising decision, a split Supreme Court of Canada ruled
this morning that police can search cellphones without a warrant
incident to an arrest. The majority established some conditions, but
ultimately ruled that it could navigate the privacy balance by
establishing some safeguards with the practice. Michael Geist notes
that a strongly worded dissent disagreed, emphasizing the privacy
implications of access to cellphones and the need for judicial
pre-authorization as the best method of addressing the privacy
implications. The U.S.
Supreme Court's June 2014 decision in Riley addressed similar
issues and ruled that a warrant is needed to search a phone.