Rep. Engel Says SCOTUS Decision Protects Digital Data Against Unreasonable Seizure

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that police cannot seize a suspect’s cell phone data without a warrant.

The decision is based on Riley v. California, 13-132 and U.S. v. Wurie, 13-212.

“The Supreme Court made the right call in these cases. We have a duty to protect citizens from unlawful search and seizure, which includes digital data. We don’t know how the information will be used, or misused. Once arrested, suspects will not be able to delete any incriminating information from their cell phones. Police will be able to obtain the proper permission from the court to search the phone’s data.”

Congressman Engel continues to push similar legislation, the Securing Our Borders and Our Data Act, to prevent border security agents from searching and seizing laptop computers without reasonable suspicion.Rep. Engel will soon reintroduce the bill.

He is also the author of the Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) to protect applicants and employees from being coerced into turning over their social media passwords in order to secure or maintain employment. SNOPA was first introduced in 2012, and then reintroduced last year.