Dec 282012
 

The landline in your house? The government needs a warrant to tap it. The letters in your mailbox? The government needs a warrant to read ’em. It’s like the Framers said: probable cause is required.

Yet a text or an email, even one sent from your bed, is treated differently — it’s afforded much less protection from government snoops, even though we’re increasingly going all digital in our communication.