posted on Jul, 3 2004 @ 07:31 AM
In a ruling yesterday a United States federal appeals court struck a blow against personal privacy and, curiously, cyber-crime law enforcement alike.
This ruling establishes that e-mail and other "stored communications" do not fall under the 1968 "Wiretap Act." A such, the interception of these
messages by a third party is not illegal.
A federal appeals court ruling this week has put a spotlight on the increasingly public nature of e-mail messages and has unraveled expectations that
e-mail would gain the same privacy protections as traditional communications.
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that protections under the federal Wiretap Act do not extend to e-mail messages stored on an e-mail
provider's computer systems.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This court opinion should stamp out any perceptions still held by users of e-mail and other electronic communications, including "Instant
Messaging," that their messages are in any way private.
The affect is similarly devastating for law enforcement because the prohibition against the interception of electronic communication was a critical
tool in combating Internet-based crime, such as industrial espionage, stalking, and identity theft.
It is now up to the United States legislature to enact a statute to more effectively represent the privacy of e-mail and related methods of
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[edit on 3-7-2004 by Spectre]