Key Provisions of Stored Communications Act held to be unconstitutional
This week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision that holds some key provisions of the Stored Communications Act to be unconstitutional. So what does that mean to you? If you work for an Internet Service Provider or you're the customer of an ISP in the U.S. it means quite a bit. The SCA was an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that was passed in 1986. It gave law enforcement agencies the power to force ISPs to disclose the contents of email (personal and business), documents, photos, videos and other digital data that they stored on their servers.
Now in U.S. v. Warshak, the court says obtaining such data without a warrant is unconstitutional. Cloud providers and their customers are likely to be breathing a sigh of relief. Read more here: