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Should 70s Wiretap Law Apply To 2015 Cell Phones?

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Phone technology has changed dramatically but apparently the laws that apply to that technology haven't.

Nevada’s wiretap law has been on the books since before wireless devices came into daily use.

But a three-justice state Supreme Court panel just ruled that the 1973 law also applies in 2015 to wireless devices like cell phones.

This means under the old law, police can seek and obtain court warrants for cell phone calls and texts.

Not everyone agrees with that decision, including Amy Rose, Legal Director for ACLU Nevada.

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