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Eric Johnson
04-15-2010, 06:12 AM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20002423-38.html

http://tinyurl.com/y255s6x

by Declan McCullagh

Google and an alliance of privacy groups have come to Yahoo's aid by helping the Web portal fend off a broad request from the U.S. Department of Justice for e-mail messages, CNET has learned.

In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon, the coalition says a search warrant signed by a judge is necessary before the FBI or other police agencies can read the contents of Yahoo Mail messages--a position that puts those companies directly at odds with the Obama administration.

Yahoo has been quietly fighting prosecutors' requests in front of a federal judge in Colorado, with many documents filed under seal. Tuesday's brief from Google and the other groups aims to buttress Yahoo's position by saying users who store their e-mail in the cloud enjoy a reasonable expectation of privacy that is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

"Society expects and relies on the privacy of e-mail messages just as it relies on the privacy of the telephone system," the friend-of-the-court brief says. "Indeed, the largest e-mail services are popular precisely because they offer users huge amounts of computer disk space in the Internet 'cloud' within which users can warehouse their e-mails for perpetual storage."

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dnf777
04-15-2010, 06:33 AM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20002423-38.html

"Society expects and relies on the privacy of e-mail messages just as it relies on the privacy of the telephone system," the friend-of-the-court brief says. --

But anyone who assumes is private is a fool!

IMO, this needs to be nipped....nipped in the bud, Andy!!

Giving big brother access to electronic cyber surveillance, in todays world, basically opens up EVERYTHING from drivers' history to department store shopping lists, and health records, once EMR takes off. It truly will be 1984, if it isn't already.

ducknwork
04-15-2010, 10:51 AM
I haven't read 1984 in a long time and I can't remember much (okay...anything) about it. When I read it, I was not politically minded. With all of the constant references to it, I think I need to pick up a copy.