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The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Fourth Amendment applies to email just as much as to other forms of communication. This guarantees "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches
and seizures" - unless a warrant has been issued based upon probable cause.
Applying this to electronic communications therefore means that law enforcement bodies can't rely on a court order to force ISPs to give them access to customer emails. Under the Stored Communications Act, it had been deemed legal to do so when the