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#1 Noggie

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 09:31 AM

In a court ruling that impacts upon the privacy of American internet users, a federal appeals court ruled that no warrant is necessary for internet surveillance:

"Federal agents do not need a search warrant to monitor a suspect's computer use and determine the e-mail addresses and Web pages the suspect is contacting, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

...In Friday's ruling, the court said computer users should know that they lose privacy protections with e-mail and Web site addresses when they are communicated to the company whose equipment carries the messages."


link: Judges OK warrantless monitoring of Web use
http://www.sfgate.co...?...1.DTL&tsp=1

Compared to other countries, this ruling allows the government to have unprecedented access to people's personal online activities. There is no expectation of privacy for American internet users - and the government does not have to justify investigating and conducting surveillance on any citizen on the internet.

Catherine Forsythe




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