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BlackBerry Texts May Have Secured Arrest

PERSONAL PRIVACY

January 6, 2012

The Ottawa Citizen reports on law enforcement's use of a murder suspect's BlackBerry text messages in his arrest. The suspect's defense attorney is now working to determine whether the police had the proper warrants to obtain the incriminating BlackBerry messages. A judge's ruling on the request to unseal the warrants is expected January 11. Police need to show "investigative necessity and reasonable and probable grounds," said one lawyer. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) said that it receives requests from legal authorities for lawful access from time to time, but it balances those requests "against our priority of maintaining the privacy rights of our users." RIM said the same about a similar case in Pakistan this week.
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