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A coalition of civil liberties groups has joined Yahoo! in its bid to block a government attempt to read messages in a Yahoo! email account without a search warrant. The Department of Justice is seeking the documents in a case that is under seal, and apparently, the agency hasn't notified the account holder of the request, …


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  1. Nexox Enigma


    Everyone still wants their data in the cloud then, right?

    1. Solomon Grundy

      No Doubt

      The cloud storage "phenomenon" has always struck me as odd. There are reasons that VC's are wary of 'cloud' startups - privacy concerns are at the top of the list.

  2. some vaguely opinionated bloke

    "what's in this envelope?"

    "They've... claimed that the unidentified user has no expectation that his emails are private because Yahoo has the technical ability to access them."

    And that's different to the [insert local postal service here] because?

  3. Ihre Papiere Bitte!!

    World turned upside-down!

    I'm stunned that I'm rooting for Google to help defend my privacy...!

  4. Anonymous Coward


    Wow. What a bizarre world we live in when google is defending the right for it to not read emails - or is it just the right to not have to spend money reading emails without being able to use that info to show adverts?

    Still, there are two lessons:

    1 - dont use the cloud for anything.

    2 - encrypt every email you send 'cos once its off your machine you've no idea what is going to happen to it.

    US Gov #FAIL

  5. Marcus Aurelius
    Thumb Up

    Title is wrong

    Google! and! friends! back! Yahoo! bid! to! block! warrantless! email! search!

    There fixed it for you

  6. scrubber
    Big Brother

    US Government

    More of Obama's "Hope and Change" I see...

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's the problem?

    If the President does it, it's not illegal.

    After all, its not like he takes an oath to uphold the Constitution...

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