National Consumers League

NCL applauds Supreme Court ruling requiring warrants to search suspect's phone

June 27, 2014

Contact: Ben Klein, National Consumers League,, (202) 835-3323

Washington, DC — In a victory for consumer and individual privacy, the US Supreme Court ruled this week that police must obtain a warrant before searching a suspect’s phone. The Justices said that a cellphone holds the "most personal and intimate details of someone’s life and its contents are under the jurisdiction of the Fourth Amendment’s privacy protections." The following statement can be attributed to National Consumers League, Executive Director Sally Greenberg:

The National Consumers League is gratified by the Supreme Court’s unanimous vote to reiterate that cell phones hold extensive personal information and therefore a search warrant is needed before information from the phone can be obtained. American citizens have a right to privacy. This ruling protects all of us against unfettered invasion of individual privacy. We applaud the decision of the Court - it's good for citizens and good for consumers.


About the National Consumers League 
The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. Its mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit