Court Ruling on Wikileaks Investigation Finds Evidence of Digital Contact 'Metadata' And Not Subject to Same Legal Protection as Email Content

A federal appeals court has ruled the government can continue to keep secret its efforts to pursue the private information of Internet users without a warrant as part of its probe into the WikiLeaks. The ruling finds that information revealing conversations existed electronically between individuals is metadata, and is not the same as content (ie, the actual messages exchanged) and is not subject to the same legal protection. 

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