can the government read your text messages?

Not Legal Advice: The government is not permitted to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. However there are lots of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI to the Internal Revenue Service, to spy on the digital trails you create every day.

Authorities can often get your emails and texts by going to Google or AT&T with a court order that does not need to show probable cause of a crime.

Investigators need only a subpoena or a court order, not a warrant, to get text messages that are at least 180 days old from a cell provider, the same standard as emails.

Many networks charge authorities a fee to provide texts and other information. Sprint charges $30 for access to a client's texts, according to documents obtained by the ACLU in 2012, while Verizon charges $50.

There are a few signs that may help you find out if your cell phone has spy software installed and that it is being tracked, tapped or monitored in some way. Quite often these signs can be quite subtle but when you know what to look out for, you can sometimes find out if your cell phone is being spied on.

Find out on how to tell if your cell phone is being tracked, tapped or monitored by Spy Software at Spyzrus.net.

Updated on Thursday, September 04 2014 at 04:10AM EDT
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