George wants to know why it's a federal crime to open snail mail, but not a crime for other people to read email? Leo says that it's because nobody in Congress has made it a crime. The department of justice has held that email that is more than six months old can be considered "abandoned." Also, any email at work is legally the property of the employer. There is no right to privacy there. The bottom line is that laws are always behind innovation. However, the post office has been cataloging "meta data" of mail for years as well.