us: E-Mail Hacking Case Could Redefine Online Privacy

A federal appeals court in California is reviewing a lower court’s definition of “interception” in the digital age, in a case that some legal experts say could weaken consumer privacy protections online.The case, Bunnell v. Motion Picture Association of America, involves a hacker who in 2005 broke into a file-sharing company’s server and obtained copies of company e-mails as they were being transmitted. He then e-mailed 34 pages of the documents to an MPAA executive, who paid the hacker $15,000 for the job, according to court documents.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/05/AR2008080503421.html

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