Cached copies of text messages stored by wireless providers are “private communications” and deserve the same legal protections as other electronic communications, the Supreme Court of Canada said. In a decision Wednesday, the Supreme Court agreed to a Telus Corp. application to quash a “general warrant” that police in Owen Sound, Ont. obtained in 2010, for the company to turn over private text messages of two Telus customers. Telus, which unlike other wireless providers keeps electronic copies of subscribers' text messages for 30 days, argued that the copies were private communications deserving greater protection under the Criminal Code, and that police should be required to obtain a wiretap authorization from a judge to access them. “Text messaging is, in essence, an electronic conversation,” the Supreme Court decision said, noting that mobile phone users expect text messages to remain private. “Technical differences inherent in new technology should not determine the scope of protection afforded to private communications.” In a dissenting opinion, Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin and Justice Thomas Cromwell said police should be permitted to acquire copies of private communications stored by wireless carriers without a court order.