This is why I have always rejected web-based email, such as is offered by gmail, hotmail, yahoomail, etc. Although, truthfully, email through a "regular" email provider (comcast, qwest, speakeasy, verizon) still sits on their servers until one downloads it, and can be "gotten at" while it is sitting there. About the only way to ensure end-to-end "privacy" of one's email is to run a mail server on one's own puter and send email directly to the mail server running on one's intended recipient's computer. The first drawback to this is that most ISPs have a policy of disallowing one to run any types of servers on one's home computer. That's why I go ahead and pay almost $70 for my DSL connection. (Not that I have any servers set up yet; my puters are too slow and my upstream bandwidth would have WaynHome visitors surfing at modem speeds!) From the article: The government needs a search warrant if it wants to read the U.S. mail that arrives at your home. But federal prosecutors say they don't need a search warrant to read your e-mail messages if those messages happen to be stored in someone else's computer. That would include all of the Big Four e-mail providers -- Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail and Google -- that together hold e-mail accounts for 135 million Americans.