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Warrant Needed to Get Your E-Mail, Appeals Court Says

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posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 10:40 AM
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Warrant Needed to Get Your E-Mail, Appeals Court Says


www.wired.com

The government must obtain a court warrant to require internet service providers to turn over stored e-mail to the authorities, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was the first time an appellate court said Americans had that Fourth Amendment protection.

“The government may not compel a commercial ISP to turn over the contents of a subscriber’s e-mails without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause” (.pdf), the appeals court ruled. The decision — one stop short of the Supreme Court — covers Kentucky, Michigan,
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posted on Dec, 15 2010 @ 10:40 AM
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This is only for a few states at the moment but I can see future court cases and appeals will make this a nationwide opinion in the future.
The constraints of our government need to be reigned in and this is one of the first steps in forcing these issues of privacy and constitutional rights in our 4th amendment!

Zindo

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