This article in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Star Tribune talks about one of the more important issues we’ve been working on in my Cyberlaw Clinic.
Lawsuit challenges government’s right to read your e-mail

Essentially, allergy the government is arguing that when you leave your email on a service out under your direct control, like Yahoo, Google, your employer, etc., you have less privacy rights in it than if you run your own server and leave your email inside the physical confines of your house.  Their argument is based on cases that say that you lose privacy rights when you give your stuff to third parties, but that analogy doesn’t make sense in the case of email.  There’s no voluntary decision to reveal the contents of your messages to your ISP, that’s just the way the technology works.  Why should the technological store-and-forward structure of email change our rights to privacy in communications?  Shouldn’t email be treated like regular mail, regardless of how the network operates?