ACLU: Block FBI e-snoops

    Date17 Jul 2000
    CategoryGovernment
    5307
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The American Civil Liberties Union on July 11 appealed to Congress to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures on the Internet in light of recent revelations that a new monitoring tool could enable the FBI to intercept the e-mail of law-abiding citizens. . . . The American Civil Liberties Union on July 11 appealed to Congress to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures on the Internet in light of recent revelations that a new monitoring tool could enable the FBI to intercept the e-mail of law-abiding citizens.

    In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee's Constitution Subcommitte, ACLU director Laura Murphy argued that the FBI's new Carnivore e-mail surveillance system gives federal law enforcement officers access to the e-mail of every customer of an Internet service provider and the e-mail of every person who communicates with them.

    "The Carnivore system gives law enforcement e-mail interception capabilities that were never contemplated when Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act" in 1986, Murphy stated in the letter. "The ACLU urges the subcommittee to accelerate its consideration of the application of the Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age."

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