I have been sitting on this one for over a year. I just forgot about it. I haven't followed it up with Groklaw to see if it was overturned or what the particular circumstances under which the ruling is valid. Just think of the implications!!!
"08:40 AM Jun. 30, 2004 PT
E-mail privacy suffered a serious setback on Tuesday when a court of appeals ruled that an e-mail provider did not break the law in reading his customers' communications without their consent.
The First Court of Appeals in Massachusetts ruled that Bradford C. Councilman did not violate criminal wiretap laws when he surreptitiously copied and read the mail of his customers in order to monitor their transactions. "
Read the rest of the Wired article here
Back to cleaning before Jenny gets here tomorrow: laundry, dishes, vacuuming, sorting piles of papers. So much to do! Plus my Linux box is on the fritz again: can't use USB or burn CDs. More on that later.UPDATE: 11/28/2006 14:06
Finally got off my growing duff and searched Groklaw
. I found a link to the opinion [pdf]
from the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the same link as in the Wired article.