SC High Court Ruling Highlights Gaps In Dated E-Privacy Law

By Allison Grande (October 11, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT) -- South Carolina's highest court ruled Wednesday that a federal wiretap law does not cover emails that are read but not deleted from a server, deepening a court divide over when companies and individuals can keep their electronic communications private under a statute that attorneys say has failed to keep up with changes in technology.

Reversing the court of appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court determined that opened emails in Lee Jennings' Yahoo email account that Holly Broome unlawfully accessed in order to help her mother-in-law prove that Jennings was being unfaithful were not protected by the Stored Communications Act because they...

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