2018 phone privacy case headed for the State Supreme Court

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- A case from Alachua county may be heading to the state supreme court, and it could set a precedent on phone privacy. The attorney general's office is appealing a ruling which keeps law enforcement from forcing a man to reveal his phone password.

In 2018, 22-year-old Matthew Pollard of Alachua was arrested for armed robbery. Police say they had probable cause to search his phone for evidence of a crime, but Pollard says the phone is protected by his 5th amendment protections against self-incrimination.

So far, courts have ruled in Pollard's favor.