US civil rights organisation prepares for new 'crypto war'

    Date01 Nov 2010
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reports that it has filed lawsuits against three agencies of the US Department of Justice demanding the release of documents justifying the need for stronger internet surveillance measures. The civil rights organisation justifies its action by citing the head of the FBI, who has publicly claimed that it is necessary to install back doors in electronic communication systems in order to preserve the ability of the security services to intercept information. The FBI is now being called on to provide evidence of the posited gaps in protection. The EFF is also using the Freedom of Information Act to demand examples from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Justice Criminal Division that show their staff have been impeded in performing surveillance of online communications by the lack of these requested measures.
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