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Ninth Circuit: ECPA Protects Stored Communications of Foreign Citizens

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit held that "the ECPA unambiguously applies to foreign citizens." In Suzlon Energy Ltd. v. Microsoft, Suzlon Energy demanded Microsoft to produce emails from the Hotmail email account of an Indian citizen imprisoned abroad. The district court held that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act ("ECPA") prohibited Microsoft from producing the documents even though the individual was not a U.S. citizen. The Ninth Circuit affirmed. … Continue Reading

The Sixth Circuit Affirms Individual Expectation of Privacy in Emails

In a decision that will significantly impact the ability of the government to access electronic communications, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on June 18, 2007, affirmed a district court’s issuance of a preliminary injunction prohibiting governmental entities from obtaining Internet Service Providers’ (“ISP”) subscribers’ e-mail communications unless the subscriber first … Continue Reading

ISP Data Retention Legislation Introduced; ISPs and Privacy Advocates Fear Broad Mandates

Last month, a group of eight Republican lawmakers introduced H.R. 837, the Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today's Youth (SAFETY) Act 2007. The bill would give the Attorney General very broad authority to enact rules requiring Internet Service Providers ("ISPs") to retain records so law enforcement could access their customers' online activities. … Continue Reading
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