Court Rules E-Mail Search Without Warrant Violates Fourth Amendment

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Court Rules E-Mail Search Without Warrant Violates Fourth Amendment

Postby theprez98 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:52 pm

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CINCINNATI — Federal investigators overstepped constitutional bounds by searching stored e-mails without a warrant in a fraud investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

In a case closely watched by civil-liberties advocates in the still-emerging field of Internet privacy, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that e-mail users have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

"It goes without saying that like the telephone earlier in our history, e-mail is an ever-increasing mode of private communication, and protecting shared communications through this medium is as important to Fourth Amendment principles today as protecting telephone conversations has been in past," the appeals court said.

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