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the privacy front

WASHINGTON – Via Ars Technica, a report that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the U.S. ruled that existing ‘pen register‘ laws (permitting the capture of all telephone numbers dialed by a suspect in a criminal investigation) are applicable to IP and email addresses as well, on the basis that such addresses are purely informational and do not contain content. Because simply monitoring the addressing information does not rise to the legal definition of a search, according to the ruling, no warrant is necessary to collect all the IP and email addresses contacted by a suspect.

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