Sniffer dog threatens online privacy
The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution is supposed to be the one that protects people and their "houses, places and effects" against "unreasonable searches". Forty-two years ago, the US Supreme Court held that attaching a listening device to a public pay phone violated this provision because the Constitution protects people, not places, and because the Fourth Amendment prohibits warrantless searches without probable cause if the target enjoys a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Last month the US Supreme Court effectively trashed this principle in a case that could have a profound impact on privacy rights online.
By Mark Rasch at The Register.
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