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As the U.S. Supreme Court considers two cases about whether or not law enforcement officers need a warrant to search cell phones, legislation in South Carolina is also moving forward.

Tom Slovenski of Cellular Forensics in Simpsonville talked with 7 On Your Side about the issue.

"It's more than just a phone. It is a person's life. It's digital dna," Slovenski explained. "There's more to it, than just it's a phone. The average person thinks it's a toy. A phone is a toy, it's not. It's a microcomputer that affects every one of our lives."

According to the Pew Research Center, some 90 percent of American adults have a cell phone. About 58 percent have smart phones.

This debate is all about balancing the needs of law enforcement, and the Fourth Amendment which protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.

In South Carolina, the Electronic Data Privacy Protection Act would prohibit searches of electronic devices or other content without a warrant.

Representative Garry Smith of Greenville County is one of the sponsors. Smith tells 7 On Your Side, the legislation has passed the House and has been sent to the Senate.

To read the legislation, click here.

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