“The Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures does not apply to e-mail, a federal judge has ruled.  The judge’s reasoning would seem to sound a warning bell for anyone — lawyers in particular — not only who use Web-based e-mail accounts, but also who store documents of any kind online in ‘the cloud.’ . . . The ruling from U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman in Oregon addresses the question of whether the government must notify someone when it obtains a search warrant to access the person’s Web-based e-mail account.”

The author has written a second post in which he says the judge did not say that email is not protected by the 4th Amendment.  See What Did That E-Mail Opinion Say?