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A Pennsylvania court ruled that email messages are not protected by any privacy interests.

Key point. Authors of email messages have no privacy interest in their messages after they are sent, and cannot complain when their messages are disclosed to others by the recipient.

* A Pennsylvania court ruled that email messages are not protected by any privacy interests, and therefore a person who turned over an email message she had received to the police was not violating the privacy rights of the person who sent her the message. A 15-year-old girl, while using a computer at home to surf the Internet, entered a "chat room" where she began receiving private chat messages from an adult male ("Robert"). Robert was a police officer, and he informed the girl of this fact and emailed her a picture of him in his police uniform. The girl informed Robert that she was 15 years old. Robert asked the girl to send him sexually explicit photos of herself, and invited her to engage ...

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  • March 1, 2002

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