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Wired: ACLU: Law Needs 'Carnivore' Fix

Jul 13, 2000, 00:37 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Oakes)

"The American Civil Liberties Union, on Tuesday, urged Congress to amend outdated electronic privacy laws following news of an FBI system capable of large-scale email interception and analysis."

"There's no clear law that authorizes Carnivore," said ACLU associate director Barry Steinhardt. "But the FBI and the Justice Department ... will argue that there's no clear law that prohibits it. And Congress needs to put some real limits on what law enforcement can do."

"The ACLU urged Canady's committee to prohibit Carnivore-type systems -- or "dragnets," as Steinhardt called them -- that give law enforcement officials access to large quantities of communications. "It is a system for intercepting huge volumes of email and it's a system that was never contemplated by Congress when it passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act" of 1986, Steinhardt said."

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