Email Constitutionally Protected

From the Center for Democracy & Technology:

A federal appeals court has ruled that an ordinary email user has a reasonable expectation of privacy — and thus a Constitutional privacy right — in email stored with an ISP. This means that the government either obtain a search warrant based on probable cause to seize such email or give users notice and opportunity to object to a subpoena or court order. The Justice Department had argued that email was not constitutionally protected. CDT participated in a friend of the court brief in the case which the court cited as “convincing”.

If you are interested in the details, the Appeals Court opinion is available.

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