The 4th Amendment and Pocket Dialed Cellphone Calls

By December 4, 2015 December 10th, 2015 Criminal Defense Detroit MI

Eavesdropping on pocket dialed cell phone calls is not a violation of the 4th Amendment

52-3_District_Court_Defense_AttorneyIn Huff v Spaw, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that a person does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in conversations through a pocket dialed cellphones.  Mr. Huff pocket dialed Carol Spaw who recorded a 91 minute conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Huff that involved sensitive information. Mr. Huff admitted at deposition that he knew the risks of pocket dialed cellphones and did not take steps to prevent it. The Court of Appeals compared the situation to a homeowner speaking near an open window. Mrs. Huff did have a reasonable expectation of privacy because she could not be expected to protect Mr. Huff’s phone against pocket dialing.

With new technology coming out every single day, we must be aware of the risks and benefits of it. The risks are that incidents like Mr. Huff’s might occur to you. Mr. Huff was lucky in that he and his wife were not discussing anything criminal. However, had the conversation been criminal, the results could have been extremely serious for Mr. Huff. The lesson here is be careful with what you say, how you say it and who may be hearing it.


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