Court reverses dreadful decision on wiretapping

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Court reverses dreadful decision on wiretapping

In a victory for both justice and common sense, the full First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier decision by a three-judge panel in the interpretation of the Wiretap Act. Bradford Councilman, former vice president of a now defunct bookseller and provider of free email service, was accused of illegally intercepting messages sent from to users in order to gain commercial advantage. By interpreting the law in a manner so narrow that it might be described as mono-molecular, the First Circuit panel ruled in favor of the defense based upon the notion that the email was not in transit.

Read the complete story. (Ars Technica)