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Supreme Court Hears Appeal of Text Message Case

MOBILE PRIVACY

October 19, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada on Monday heard arguments in a case to determine whether a general warrant is sufficient for obtaining text messages from service providers, reports The Court. In Telus Communications Company v. Her Majesty the Queen, Telus argued that “the daily production of text messages constitutes the interception of private communications”—necessitating a wiretap authorization, while the crown argued a general warrant was valid because police were not intercepting but requiring reproduced stored text messages, the report states. The Ontario Superior Court previously ruled that because the communications were being produced after they had been sent and received, a general warrant was sufficient.
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