Friday, June 22, 2007

Appeals court affirmed ruling: Stored Communications Act violates 4th Amendment

More good news in restoring constitutional governance to this country.

SANS Institute - SANS NewsBites
A US federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that said law
enforcement agents need warrants to seize web-based email. The Sixth
Circuit Court of Appeals said webmail users have a "reasonable
expectation of privacy" regarding the content of messages stored on a
remote host. The original 2006 ruling, unsuccessfully appealed by the
US government, said the Stored Communications Act (SCA) violates the
Fourth Amendment. The SCA had been used for 20 years to access stored
email without a warrant.

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