Right To Privacy Extends To Texts, Wash. High Court Says

Law360, New York (February 28, 2014, 5:24 PM EST) -- Washington state’s highest court on Thursday said that citizens have a right to privacy when sending text messages, ruling the messages should be afforded the same protections from interception as telephone conversations and overturning two drug convictions.

Writing for the majority in two 5-4 opinions, Justice Steven Gonzalez said people should expect that their text messages won’t be read by police without a warrant. The opinion overturned the convictions of Shawn Hinton and Daniel Roden, who sent text messages to a suspected drug dealer’s phone which...
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