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Coalition: Warrant Should Be Required for Gov't Access to E-mail


April 14, 2010

Privacy groups and Internet giant Google are supporting Yahoo's efforts to fend off a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to access e-mail messages, CNET reports. "This case is about protecting the privacy rights of all Internet users," a Google representative said. "E-mail stored in the cloud should have the same level of protection as the same information stored by a person at home." In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon, the coalition, which is also behind Digital Due Process, contends that a search warrant is necessary before the FBI or other police agencies can read the contents of e-mail messages. "Society expects and relies on the privacy of e-mail messages just as it relies on the privacy of the telephone system," the brief states.
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