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U.S. Judge: Everything in your email account can be accessed

U.S. Judge: Everything in your email account can be accessed
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We all know that what you say on Facebook can come back to haunt you. But now, what you write in your Gmail account can come back to bite you.

A New York District Judge ruled that email accounts are the same as hard drives and therefore can be seized by police and investigators with a warrant.

And it's not just emails the feds can take. Google will have to give up everything associated with a suspicious account - sent and received emails, messages saved as drafts, even the address book.

Now, I'm not endorsing illegal activity, but if you want to keep your emails private there are a few different options.

You can send private messages with a fake, temporary email address with a service like MailDrop. Or you can send self-destructing messages with a service like BurnNote. 

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