The Switchboard: Supreme Court justices appear divided on warrantless searches of electronics upon arrest


A Supreme Court visitor takes pictures with her cellphone. The Supreme Court is considering whether police may search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant. (Jose Luis Magana/ AP)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Supreme Court considers cellphone searches, right to privacy. "The Supreme Court struggled Tuesday to find the proper balance between law enforcement’s power to search cellphones seized during an arrest and an individual’s right not to reveal the vast amount of information that can be stored there," The Post's Robert Barnes reports. "There did not seem to be majority support for the government’s position that there is no need for a warrant before police can examine the device. Nor did there seem to be enough votes for the other side’s position: That warrants are almost always required."

Twitter is raking in more money. But investors want it to add users. "Twitter shares fell fast Tuesday as the company reported that it's not picking up users as quickly as investors would like," reports The Switch's Hayley Tsukayama. "The tumble, which saw shares down almost 11 percent after closing at $42.62 a share, came despite the fact that the company reported $250 million in revenue — above analyst expectations of $241.47 million."

DCCC distances itself from tech CEO fired after domestic violence conviction. Former RadiumOne chief executive Gurbaksh Chahal heavily donated to Democratic Party groups and candidates in recent years. After learning it accepted a $1,000 donation from Chahal over a month after he was charged in the case, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee decided to donate the same amount to a national domestic violence charity, The Switch reports.

Ai Weiwei helped make this dystopian sci-fi movie. But now he’s rejecting it.  Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei agreed to make an appearance in a short film called "Sandstorm." But once the creators started promoted him as its star, he's not too happy about it.

My awkward week with Google Glass. The Switch's Hayley Tsukayama reports on her week wearing Google Glass. Spoiler alert: She hated it.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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