In a 2009 handbook, for example, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.”
Let’s look at what the Bill of Rights says and do a bit of compare and contrast, shall we?
The first amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” This has been used to justify everything from abortions to flag burning.
Yet when it comes to the fourth amendment which clearly states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” This same group of judges and politicians don’t think that emails are protected. If you have a handful of papers or even a letter that you put in the mailbox out on the side of the street, police can’t read it even if it’s open without a warrant. How can you not make the same judgment about emails?