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Warrant needed to snoop on your emails, court finally rules

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posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 02:01 AM
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Warrant needed to snoop on your emails, court finally rules


www.rawstory.com

After many years of legal uncertainty, a federal appeals court has finally declared that emails have the same Fourth Amendment protections as regular mail and telephone calls.

"Given the fundamental similarities between email and traditional forms of communication, it would defy common sense to afford emails lesser Fourth Amendment protection," the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (PDF).
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posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 02:01 AM
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United States 4th Amendment


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


It has taken long enough but now so long as the SCOTUS does not strike this ruling down then any searches or seizures of emails without a warrant will be strictly declared unconstitutional.

This leads me to the question of whether or not the government will actually abide by these rules with things such as the Patriot Act around.

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posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 02:03 AM
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Glad a warrant has been imposed.

Good luck with that.



posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 02:15 AM
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never say anything in emails that could be used against you and you have nothing to worry about

you should always make arrangements to do that in private




posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 02:15 AM
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About time our privacy has been protected!



posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 02:31 AM
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Its strange to me that this even needs to be ruled on. How are emails NOT like, mail and phone calls?

At what point is it decided that one form of communication is somehow not protected by search and seizure laws?

Disappointing.



posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 02:33 AM
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Make no mistake - everything you do is watched.

That includes emails, the sites you visit - everything.



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