N.D.Cal.: Passwords are protected by the Stored Communications Act

In civil case for evidence production brought in San Francisco to aid litigation in Ontario, Canada. the court holds that account passwords are protected by the Stored Communications Act and there was no consent to disclosure. In re Path Network, Inc., 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209488 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 22, 2023). [I spent a half hour reading this case despite it not being a Fourth Amendment case. It may be a sleeper on this issue.] See techdirt: California Court: Passwords Are Communications, Protected By The Stored Communications Act by Tim Cushing.

An apartment building’s management conducted sprinkler system checks and found drugs, paraphernalia, and cash which it related to the police. The affidavit for warrant was based on probable cause from that view. United States v. Howard, 2023 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208964 (E.D.N.C. Nov. 22, 2023).*

Defendant was stopped for speeding. The officer saw a single ammunition cartridge in plain view, and that justified a search of the vehicle. State v. Gibbs, 2023-Ohio-4223 (9th Dist. Nov. 22, 2023).*

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