Yahoo email surveillance: The next front in the fight against mass surveillance

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October 5, 2016
Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Andrew Crocker and Mark Rumold  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Mass surveillance of Yahoo's emails is unconstitutional for the same reasons that it's unconstitutional for the government to copy and search through vast amounts of communications passing through AT&T's network as part of Upstream. The sweeping warrantless surveillance of millions of Yahoo users' communications described in the Reuters story flies in the face of the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches. Surveillance like this is an example of 'general warrants' that the Fourth Amendment was directly intended to prevent. (Note that, as we've explained before, it is irrelevant that Yahoo itself conducted the searches since it was acting as an agent of the government.) While illegal mass surveillance is sadly familiar, the Yahoo surveillance program represents some deeply troubling new twists." (10/04/16)  

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