Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that police officers must get a search warrant in order to search a cell phone. As technology advances and people are able to do more and more with their phone, the case was pioneer in protecting personal data from being fished for evidence.
On August 5, Missouri voters will decide on Amendment 9 which would require police officers to secure a warrant in order to search your cell phone and other electronic data storage.
The ballot question reads: “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?”
A “yes” vote would amend the Missouri Constitution to require police to obtain a warrant, while a “no” vote would leave it as it currently reads.
If Amendment 9 is voted down it would not change what was ruled by the Supreme Court, the vote would only cement what was handed down.