Court Rules E-mail is Protected by the Fourth Amendment

(Ping! Zine) – A decision ruled on Wednesday by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals stated that e-mail should be regarded as any other private forms of communication when it comes to search and seizure. The landmark decision denies authorities the right to ask for internet providers to hand over email records without a warrant.

The Court stated, “It only stands to reason that, if government agents compel an ISP to surrender the contents of a subscriber’s emails, those agents have thereby conducted a Fourth Amendment search, which necessitates compliance with the warrant requirement.”

The ruling marks the first time a federal court has ruled that electronic mail falls under the right of privacy amendment.

To read the full decision, click here.