Is it legal to read someones text messages from their phone without permission? (IE: If you know who's phone it is, and it's laying around, can they look through it without permission?)
State/Country relating to Question: Pennsylvania
It is not "illegal" in the sense that you can be charged with a crime for it (I supposed you could be charged with theft, because you would have deprived the person of the use of that phone without authorization, but that would be a pretty big stretch). But you could be sued for invasion of privacy in civil court.
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