4th Amendment protects Email privacy

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held today in United States v. Warshak that government agents violated the defendant’s 4th Amendment rights when they seized his stored emails from an ISP without a warrant. This ruling means that persons have the same right to privacy in their emails as they do in letters in their post office box. Just like agents cannot intercept phone calls or voice messages without a warrant, this opinion recognizes the same Fourth Amendment protection applies to email.

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