No expectation of privacy in a Craigslist ad

Recently in a California court, the defendant has made a motion to suppress evidence from various subpoenas to email, mobile and internet service providers, but included in the motion was a request to suppress a subpoena response from Craigslist regarding an ad posted by someone else.  Directly quoted from the ruling:

The Government asserts that an individual posting an ad on Craigslist does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the content of the ad itself.

and more:

The Court further concludes that Defendant Rudtke does not have subjective expectation of privacy that society recognizes as reasonable in his Craigslist postings. A person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information voluntarily turned over to a third party with the intent that the information will be shared with anyone with access to the internet.

So there you have it; no expectation of privacy in a Craigslist ad.

Court ruling referenced on Google Scholar. US v. RUDTKE, Dist. Court, SD California 2014

Disclaimer: this post is not meant as legal advice.  Please consult an attorney for legal advice.