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Senate Committee Weighs Amendment to Electronic Privacy Act

December 9, 2012

Senate Committee Weighs Amendment to Electronic Privacy Act

Other courts have held to different standards concerning that expectation of privacy. A court in Washington, the Times reported, ruled that text communications are like telephone voice mail messages that can be overheard by anyone in a room and are not protected by state privacy laws. A federal appeals court in Louisiana is considering whether location records stored in smart phones are covered by a personal right to privacy or are "business records" belonging to the phone companies.

"The courts are all over the place," Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer with the San Francisco-based civil liberties group, Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Times. "They can't even agree if there's a reasonable expectation of privacy in text messages that would trigger Fourth Amendment protection."

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