Article I Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution

In Commonwealth v. Edmunds, 526 Pa. 374, 586 A.2d 887 (1991), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court established the principle that Article I, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution embodies a strong notion of privacy, despite federal decisions to the contrary under Fourth Amendment analysis, and that the right afforded in Article I, Section 8 to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures is connected to the Constitution's implicit right to privacy in this Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Constitution thus affords greater protection against unreasonable searches and seizures than does the federal constitution, and as quoted in Edmunds Article I, Section 8 serves "as an independent source of supplemental rights." Id., 526 Pa. at 398, 586 A.2d at 899.