The Fourth Amendment Keeps Your E-mail Private
Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that the US Government needs a warrant to search and seize e-mail stored by third-party service providers. The court affirmed that e-mail users have the same reasonable expectation of privacy that snail mail and phones do.
Yesterday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals refused the government’s request to appeal and earlier pro-privacy determination that allows federal magistrates to mandate a warrant for cell phone location records based on probable cause.
Thanks to our friends at the E.F.F. (Electronic Frontier Foundation) for advocating privacy on the behalf of our citizens. According to the E.F.F. website these decisions have far-reaching effects for devices such GPS, web browsing histories, as well as our e-mails.
Two pro-Fourth Amendment court rulings in as many days are a sign the laws of land are starting to embrace virtual space as an extension of one’s self, to be revered and respected with the same tenacity as our homes.