A state appeals court ruled last year that police didn’t need a warrant to read Roden’s texts because texts are like messages left on an answering machine that could be heard by anyone. In an amicus brief filed on Roden’s behalf, the Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the phone is “a high tech mailbox” deserving privacy protection and that law enforcement conducted an unreasonable search of Roden’s messages. “The government essentially rummaged through a mailbox, took a letter, and opened and read it before the addressee was even aware of the message,” the brief says.

Friday, April 12, 2013

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