Success: Supreme Court Upholds Digital Privacy


Target: Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts

Goal: Applaud the Supreme Court’s recent ruling protecting private citizens’ electronic data on cellphones

Phones are more than just devices used for calling; they’re more like small computers that can call people. When people are arrested, detained, or otherwise searched by police, they may be patted down and their persons may be searched for incriminating evidence. However, cars and houses require warrants for searches because they have more personal information. With this recent ruling, cell phones will be on the same caliber of houses and cars, meaning police officers will need warrants to search data on any cell phone.

The beginnings of this case came from prior rulings dealing with two felons whose phones were confiscated and searched by police. The search of one man’s phone was deemed legal and the other was ruled illegal. However, this set the precedent for the larger privacy court case when they appealed to the high court. Unfortunately, this ruling is unrelated to the National Security Agency scandal and problems, but is setting an example of the Justice Department’s growing commitment to protecting private security and information. Because more than 90 percent of American citizens have cell phones, private security violations could be vast without rulings like this that keep people safe from police searches. Now, police officers would need to obtain a warrant before searching cell phones for incriminating evidence.

Show your support for protecting personal information from unapproved searches by thanking Chief Justice John G. Roberts for the high court’s ruling.


Dear Chief Justice John G. Roberts,

I am very concerned about digital privacy. The National Security Agency scandal showed me that I am not as protected as I had thought. However, with your recent ruling, I can now feel safer knowing that my personal cellphone will not be needlessly searched by police officers. Though I am a law abiding citizen, I still believe everyone should have a right to privacy, especially since phones can now hold absurdly high amounts of personal data. Your ruling not only protects American citizens, but also sends a message to the NSA and its constituents. I hope that, in the future, the NSA spying can be completely destroyed through further rulings like this most recent privacy scandal.

Thank you for ruling in favor of protecting citizens’ privacy and personal data on cellphones. I hope this will lead to more advances in technological privacy protection against government spying like the NSA.


[Your Name Here]

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