Right to Privacy Does Not Apply to E-Mail (just birth control)
Technology voids the Constitutional Fourth Amendment, I guess. That, and six months.
When Petraeus resigned from his post one of the more startling revelations was that the dalliance was discovered when the FBI sifted through his private Gmail account.
More alarming is that the average American could easily be subjected to the same snooping that Petraeus endured. According to current law, police can access email through a provider, like Yahoo or Gmail, without a warrant if the message is more than 180 days old.
The Senate Judiciary Committee met on Nov. 29 to consider an update to the Act which would require police to get a warrant to read email or other electronic communiques.
Citizens might be surprised to learn that their email accounts, their phones and even their houses are subject to warrant-free electronic surveillance.
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution was enacted in 1791, Barket says. It was enacted at a point of time to deal with government intrusion and searches that they could possibly comprehend. Now we have government searches that nobody up until the last 10 years could even envision. Could you ever envision that the government could track every movement by simply calling up a cell provider?
Posted by: Glenmore 2012-11-30