Sixth Circuit: US government needs warrant to read your email

By Matthew
Dec 14, 2010
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  1. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced today that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that email is covered by the Fourth Amendment, which protects U.S. citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. The court determined that the government must obtain a warrant to access your email in a criminal investigation.

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  2. KG363

    KG363 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    Great news
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    This has more effect on the ability of the gov't to enter any such e-mails as evidence in a trial, rather than their actual ability to read them.
  4. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    What took them so long, really?

    I mean, regular, paper mail IS protected by the Fourth Amendment. You can't just read my personal correspondence without a valid reason and a warrant.

    The same should have, intrinsically, logically and legally applied to e-mail since, well, the "e" merely stands for electronic. The same values still apply.

    This ain't rocket science, U.S. Government...
  5. being equal then: Wikileaks should be able to get leaked documents from any source. ;)
  6. good point first guess
  7. So now they will read your emails first to see if they need to get a warrant.


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