Saturday October 13, 2012

Reading Someone's Gmail Doesn't Violate Federal Statute

The S.C. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that reading someone else’s email stored in the cloud was not illegal. The ruling was based on the still-standing Stored Communications Act written in 1986. The ruling creates a legal problem since it counters a similar ruling made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2004.

While this case deals with a fairly narrow subsection of the SCAآ—what constitutes electronic storageآ—it’s yet another example that the Stored Communications Act needs more judicial review at the very least, and possibly an entire overhaul.