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1744, 23 Jul 15

Court: Butt Calls Not Private

Good to know.

A Cincinnati federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a woman who took advantage of an accidental phone call to listen in on conversations between two of her bosses for 91 minutes. Carol Spaw listened to the entire call, taking written notes and even recording the last few minutes of audio with a nearby iPhone.

Accidentally dialing a number from a phone in a pocket, or a butt-dial, is preventable, the court said. So caller James Huff had no expectation of privacy. Huff admitted knowing there was a risk of pocket dialing, and said he had made similar calls in the past.


1744, 23 July 2015


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