Massachusetts Court Hears Arguments in Student Privacy Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments yesterday in Commonwealth v. White, a case concerning both student privacy and cell phone privacy. EPIC filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the police should obtain a warrant before seizing a student's cell phone. EPIC explained that "digital is different," and therefore the legal standard for school searches of contraband does not apply to cell phones. EPIC also explained the significance of Riley v. California, the recent Supreme Court case on cell phone searches that upheld a warrant requirement. The EPIC State Policy Project is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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