Cops need wiretap order to see text messages, Supreme Court rules


OTTAWA — Police need a wiretap order to seize your text messages, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The case arose after an Ontario judge granted a general warrant ordering Telus to give police text messages sent and received between two of its customers over a period of two weeks in 2010.

Telus argued that if police want to acquire the content of text messages in near real time, they should get a wiretap, as they do when they want to intercept phone conversations.

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