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Federal agents do not need a search warrant to monitor a suspect's computer use and determine the e-mail addresses and Web pages the suspect is contacting, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

In a drug case from San Diego County, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco likened computer surveillance to the "pen register" devices that officers use to pinpoint the phone numbers a suspect dials, without listening to the phone calls themselves.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of pen registers in 1979, saying callers have no right to conceal from the government the numbers they communicate electronically to the phone companies that carry their calls.
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In Friday's ruling, the court said computer users should know that they lose privacy protections with e-mail and Web site addresses when they are communicated to the company whose equipment carries the messages.

Likewise, the court said, although the government learns what computer sites someone visited, "it does not find out the contents of the messages or the particular pages on the Web sites the person viewed."

The search is no more intrusive than officers' examination of a list of phone numbers or the outside of a mailed package, neither of which requires a warrant, Judge Raymond Fisher said in the 3-0 ruling.
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Just another example of our rights being trampled by technologically ignorant judges. A URL is not analogous to a phone number. In 99% of cases the content accessed by that URL is fixed - it is content and not communication.
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No privacy left behind
    
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better go back to smoke signals or somthing low tech so the judges can half way understand them.
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better go back to smoke signals or somthing low tech so the judges can half way understand them.
    
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better go back to smoke signals or somthing low tech so the judges can half way understand them.
lol
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better go back to smoke signals or somthing low tech so the judges can half way understand them.
Sure they'll be that smart?
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A drug case in San Diego County? Oh my god I think this has something to do with a friend of mine.....weird.
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A drug case in San Diego County? Oh my god I think this has something to do with a friend of mine.....weird.
Are you a pothead, Focker?
    
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No privacy left behind
That is sadly true. Well if I ever become president, I'll ban 3 things: the RIAA, Jack Thompson, and stupidity. Oh wait I only need "stupidity" . Anyone thinking America is becoming more and more like China?
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America is controlled by a giant robot arm of crushing stupidity...but you knew that.
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