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Privacy & Text Messages

A November 26, 2012 article discusses whether or not it is moral for police to have access to the personal information that people send via text messaging. The article uses a Rhode Island case where a policeman overheard a beeping phone and answered it, the message he discovered implicated the owner’s involvement in the murder of his girlfriend’s six-year-old son. This specific example brings to the audience’s attention that there could be vital information in text messages that would be very beneficial if access was given to law enforcement. However, is it an invasion of the owner’s privacy to have their phone accessible by law enforcement? Furthermore, would it truly stop crime to allow them this access or would the culprits find some alternative measure.

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