Friday, July 30, 2010

FBI to Get Easier Access to Internet Activity (The Washington Post, July 29, 2010)

"The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.


The administration wants to add just four words -- "electronic communication transactional records" -- to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval. Government lawyers say this category of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a user's browser history. It does not include, the lawyers hasten to point out, the "content" of e-mail or other Internet communication."
See the rest of the article in "White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity", The Washington Post, July 29, 2010.

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