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Search, Seizure and Smartphones: The Future of the Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment protects us from “unreasonable searches and seizures” by the government, but today's technology is introducing a whole new set of questions about what qualifies as “unreasonable.” Judges around the country are grappling with requests from law enforcement to access suspects’ emails, cloud storage and sometimes their computers' built-in cameras. Meanwhile, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court asks whether police have the right to search someone’s cellphone at the time of arrest. Kojo looks at the future of the Fourth Amendment in the digital age.

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