Court rules that your e-mail is private

It’s probably safe to say that the majority of people type e-mails with reckless abandon and rarely think about how the government would feel if they read them. Of course, it is probably also safe to say that most of us don’t write anything they’d want to read anyway. In a landmark decision, fought for by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the US 6th District Court ruled that a warrant is now required for the government to snoop through your e-mails. From EFF Chairman, Brad Templeton: "The court agreed with an amicus brief filed by EFF attorney Kevin Bankston that people did have a reasonable expectation of privacy on their emails even when not stored on their home systems. This decision will make life far easier for users, and for operators of hosted email services like Google’s Gmail." Go get ’em tiger!


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