Target: Hanni Fakhoury, Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Goal: Praise Fakhoury for enforcing text message privacy rights during Washington State police investigations
This past Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) submitted a formal request to the Washington State Supreme Court urging them to grant the same privacy protection rights to text messages as they do traditional phone calls. As it currently stands, law enforcement officers are not required to obtain a warrant before reading through and monitoring text messages received on phones confiscated during investigations. EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury is hoping to change that:
“Text messages are a ubiquitous form of communication, and their context can be as private as any telephone conversation. We use texts to talk to our wives and husbands, our kids, our co-workers, and more. Police should not be able to sift through these personal exchanges on a whim, they must show probable cause and get a warrant before accessing this information.”
Fakhoury is fighting back against state prosecutors’ argument that communications (such as text messages) which can so easily be intercepted should be reasonably expected to be intercepted:
“That’s a dangerous way to interpret the Fourth Amendment. The prosecutors’ theory would eviscerate any privacy protections in the digital age. We’re asking the Washington State Supreme Court here to recognize what’s at stake and to require a warrant before allowing officers to read text messages on a cell phone.”
Help thank Fakhoury for her efforts towards protecting the digital privacy rights of Washington State citizens by signing this petition letter.
Dear EFF Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury,
Thank you for all your efforts towards protecting the digital rights of Washington State citizens in regards to the police monitoring of text messages. While it may seem like a trivial issue to some, allowing law enforcement agencies free reign to read through and monitor incoming text messages would be the start of a slippery slope towards endangering our Fourth Amendment rights.
I hope that you’ll continue to fight on behalf of individual privacy rights, both digital and otherwise, in the future and that more state law officials, both in Washington State and elsewhere, will lead by your example. By signing this petition letter, I am personally endorsing your efforts and offering my praise and my thanks.
[Your Name Here]