[op25-dev] Re: Court Rules that the Wiretap Act Does Not Prohibit Intercepting Unencrypted Wire

Steve Glass stevie.glass at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 04:35:40 UTC 2012


Fascinating stuff and definitely a difficult question.

"The Court concludes that this exception covers unsecured wi-fi
> communications, so that it is entirely lawful to snoop in on someone else's
> private communications over an unsecured wireless network:"


I think its a bit emotive to suggest that someone is "snooping" on
"private" communications if those communications are broadcast in the
clear. The expectation of privacy under these circumstances is flawed and
laws that enforce that false expectation are broken.
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