Geist: Private Email Not Always Hush Hush

Michael Geist's weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Homepage version) focuses on a recent case in which a British Columbia court ordered Hush Communications to decrypt hundreds of emails and to send them to the U.S. law enforcement officials. Faced with a valid court order, the company complied, shipping 12 CDs filled with unencrypted personal email to investigators in California. The case challenges several myths that have developed about privacy, law enforcement, and the Internet.