US internet service providers (ISPs) will not run the risk of police officers gumming up their servers with sticky fingers following a appeals court ruling.
According to Reuters, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St Louis overturned a district court ruling in a Minnesota case which involved a search warrant sent to Yahoo's Santa Clara operation as part of a child pornography investigation.
In the Minnesota case a man claimed that his rights had been violated because the search was conducted by a civilian Yahoo employee and not the policeman who had asked for the search warrant.
Legal experts have maintained that the ruling is important because it means that police officers will not have to conduct searches on ISPs' servers themselves and can leave it to the ISP.
Yahoo was worried that, if the Minnesota case was upheld, ISPs would be full of police officers trying to search for evidence on their customers.
The company argued that a dozen or more officers could be on its premises enforcing warrants at any given time if the lower court ruling was allowed to stand.
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