Sniffer dog threatens online privacy

Friday, 11 February 2005, 2:57 PM EST

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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