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Petraeus case shows ease of government email snooping

Posted By admin On November 17, 2012 @ 5:56 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Joseph Menn
Reuters [1]
Nov 17, 2012

The scandal surrounding the sudden resignation of an adulterous CIA director has stunned the American public not just for its prominent cast of characters, but also because of the ease with which authorities appeared to have traipsed through personal email accounts.

Technology has transformed communications much faster than the law, giving U.S. authorities at all levels the power to routinely search reams of intimate emails, texts and instant messages, with much lower burdens of proof as far as the relevance to a criminal case.

Often, the subjects of electronic searches never know that they’ve been hit, let alone why.

Recently, big tech companies including Google Inc and Facebook Inc are pushing back, refusing to disclose even old communications without a warrant and effectively daring the government to press its policy in court.

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[1] Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-usa-generals-email-privacy-idUSBRE8AG04920121117

[2] Petraeus Scandal Proves Email is Being Surveilled: http://www.prisonplanet.com/petraeus-scandal-proves-email-is-being-surveilled.html

[3] Groklaw legal site shuts over fears of NSA email snooping: http://www.prisonplanet.com/groklaw-legal-site-shuts-over-fears-of-nsa-email-snooping.html

[4] British Ministers Call For Mass Government Snooping In Wake Of Woolwich Attack: http://www.prisonplanet.com/british-ministers-call-for-mass-government-snooping-in-wake-of-woolich-attack.html

[5] School laptop spy case prompts Wiretap Act rethink: http://www.prisonplanet.com/school-laptop-spy-case-prompts-wiretap-act-rethink.html

[6] German state police criticized for electronic snooping: http://www.prisonplanet.com/german-state-police-criticized-for-electronic-snooping.html

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