Court Filings: Police Need Warrant to Read Texts

EFF is making its case in court in Washington

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 1:59 PM PDT
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that police should get a warrant before using a seized cell phone to text suspects.

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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 Electronic Frontier Foundation made court filings in Washington arguing that text messages should be protected, according to the San Francisco Business Times.
 
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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