Thursday, December 16, 2010


Search warrant needed for email

It’s a busy day, so I’ll just point to an Electronic Frontier Foundation report on a court decision that we should all be happy with:

In a landmark decision issued today [Tuesday; the link is to a PDF] in the criminal appeal of U.S. v. Warshak, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search emails stored by email service providers. Closely tracking arguments made by EFF in its amicus brief, the court found that email users have the same reasonable expectation of privacy in their stored email as they do in their phone calls and postal mail.

1 comment:

Brent said...

So can they just email a pdf of the search warrant to the provider??