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Text messaging protected under the Fourth Amendment?

            U.S. courts are dealing with the issue of whether cell phone texts  should be protected under the Fourth Amendment, which protects against illegal search and seizure. Technology is always expanding and makes it difficult to keep the laws up to date with it. The courts are partly focusing on a case where a police officer found a cell phone with a text message that suggested the owner was involved in the beating to death of his girlfriend's six-year-old son. A Senate committee will consider making "limited changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 that regulates how the government can monitor digital communications."


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