Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the contents of the messages in an email inbox hosted on a provider's servers are protected by the Fourth Amendment, even though the messages are accessible to an email provider. As the court puts it, "[t]he government may not compel a commercial ISP to turn over the contents of a subscriber's emails without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause."By Paul Ohm /Freedom to Tinker
This is a very big deal; it marks the first time a federal court of appeals has extended the Fourth Amendment to email with such care and detail.
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