The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of acquitting a man whose text messages were used to convict him of trafficking handguns, CBC News reports. The justices determined the plaintiff had a reasonable expectation of privacy in texting his accomplice after law enforcement obtained text messages he sent to another man accused in the case. Following the 5-2 ruling, the justices said the use of the text messages in his conviction violated the plaintiff’s right against unreasonable search or seizure. Despite the ruling, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin said privacy expectations are not automatic and need to be assessed in "the totality of the circumstances." The Canadian Civil Liberties Association's Christine Lonsdale said the ruling has "very broad and important implications" for Canadian citizens' expectation of privacy in text messages, whether they're sent or received.
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