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Individuals may have no reasonable expectation of privacy in telephone calls

Source | 2017-06-26T18:41:14+00:00 Aug 21st, 2001|Categories: LegalEthics, Post|Tags: , |0 Comments

In Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Rekasie, J-52-2000 (August 20, 2001), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling suggesting that individuals may have no reasonable expectation of privacy in telephone calls made in their own home. The court reasoned that with speakerphones, cell phones and the like, users have no way of knowing who might be listening in on a conversation and thus no reasonable expectation that the call will be private. In a footnote the court noted that its opinion was limited to the context of consensual wire interceptions but the text of the opinion does not suggest the analysis could come out differently outside that context. An article on the opinion appears at Law.com and dissenting and concurring opinions are also available: 1, 2, 3 (concurring).