I was reading this article on the CNN web site:
Reading this, I am to understand that police must conduct searches, not civilians. That’s okay, but what exactly is the reason for this?
I could understand that people are worried about their privacy being violated by average citizens. Even if the police are justified in violating privacy in a particular case, I might not want just-some-guy coming to my house and looking through my drawers.
But if that’s the case, then I think it wouldn’t apply here, because here Yahoo! is just searching themselves. It would be like a police officer calling me on the phone and saying, “Hey, Neptune, we’re conducting a murder investigation. Could you look under your sofa and see if there’s a bloody knife there?” “Sure, no problem. Hold on … Let’s see, some popcorn, an old Rubik’s cube, eighty-five cents in change, … and look there, a bloody knife! Howd’ya know it was there?” But certainly there’s no law against me looking under my own sofa. - Same thing with Yahoo!. They’re just looking through their own records in their own office, yes?
Or is it just a matter of whether the search will hold up in court? If the police don’t do the search, then who’s to say what really happened. Am I a realiable witness to describe what I found under my sofa?