Court Filings: Police Need Warrant to Read Texts
EFF is making its case in court in Washington
The Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that police should get a warrant before using a seized cell phone to text suspects.
Police should be prohibited from reading and replying to text messages on a suspect's telephone without first receiving a warrant from a judge, a privacy-rights group is arguing in court.
The EFF, based in San Francisco, made the filings in two drug cases. Police in the cases seized a cell phone, read texts, and then set up a bust via text message -- all without a warrant, the newspaper reported.
The EFF called "text messaging" the "21st Century phone call," and said that intercepting texts without a warrant will "erode privacy protection," the newspaper reported.
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