Under state law, certain measures exist to protect Missouri residents from governmental overreach or invasion of privacy. When these laws are obeyed and enforced, it helps keep the criminal justice system fair and credible. But when they are not, the results can cause unease for Missourians - and civil liberties advocates across the country.
In past years, judges, attorneys, constitutional law experts and telecommunications companies have argued over the privacy rights and implications of information stored on cell phones and how, or if, that information can be used in criminal proceedings. The Fourth Amendment protects all Americans against unreasonable, warrantless search and seizure. But is your cell phone entitled to that same protection?