Surveillance

PA Supreme Court Rules Police Can Impersonate Suspect's Associates in Text Messages

Not a violation of a state anti-wiretap law

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Police officers in Pennsylvania can legally text message a suspect while pretending to be their accomplice, according to a state Supreme Court decision handed down Monday.

At issue was whether such a tactic violated the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act (also known as the Wiretap Act). But pending updates to this law will further change how law enforcement can use technology in their investigations.

h/t Eric Boehm