CHAPTER 17Unequal Privacy

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...

—Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, guaranteeing privacy from snooping

WHO READS YOUR MAIL? NOBODY? IT DEPENDS WHAT SYSTEM YOU USE FOR communication.

Paper mail that is delivered by the government-run U.S. Postal Service carries legal protections for the privacy of our communications. Nobody, at least without a court order, can read our letters or track what we send and receive.

But if you send an e-mail, the corporation that provides your Internet access can keep track of who you correspond with, what Web sites you visit, and everything you write, ...

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