Canadian police forces will need to obtain search warrants to read cellphone text messages, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a decision that moves to protect personal privacy.
The decision reached on Wednesday comes after telecom giant Telus opposed a bid to have customer text messages turned over to police.
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The Canadian Press reports that the Ontario Superior Court gave police in Owen Sound the right to seize text messages without alerting the owner of the phone.
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Telus appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, ruled in favour of the cell phone company, and underlined the need for police to obtain a search warrant.