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Judge Makes Important Ruling About Government’s Ability to Search an Entire Email Account

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Judge Makes Important Ruling About Government’s Ability to Search an Entire Email Account

Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group specifically devoted to defending digital privacy rights, told TheBlaze that the organization thinks the decision is “overly deferential to the government and isn’t really facing the differences between these kinds of … very, very broad email warrants and physical searches.”

Tien pointed out that even in physical searches, it is rare that only information on the person in question is seen by law enforcement. With emails, this becomes even more likely, unless you send a bunch of emails to yourself, Tien said.

“By definition, … everything in that account is not just about you but about someone else and all of their emails, to extent that they’re swept up in this,” Tien said. “There’s a lot more people’s privacy at stake.”

Monday, August 11, 2014
The Blaze

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