Posted Nov 8, 2007 4:37 UTC (Thu) by flewellyn
Parent article: Email privacy
Perhaps the most chilling portion of the government's argument is that it didn't even need
a subpoena; that the email could be introduced as evidence no matter how it was acquired. Their
argument once again rests on the TOS that folks agree to with their email providers (ISPs or on-line
services like GMail), which, because it gives the provider the right to look at the email, makes email
inherently non-private. So the government can collect it in secret rooms at AT&T and use it as
see fit. That's not quite how they put it in their arguments, but that is the upshot.
Well, since the government under our current administration has repeatedly and fragrantly
asserted that they are above the law, and will interpret it and enforce it when and how they see fit,
without regard to what the law or the courts actually say, why is anybody surprised?
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