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Wired: 'Carnivore' Eats Your Privacy

Jul 13, 2000, 00:30 (0 Talkback[s])

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"An FBI surveillance system called Carnivore is alarming privacy advocates and some members of Congress. Agents typically install the specialized computer on the networks of Internet providers, where it intercepts all communications and records sent to or from the target of an investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday."

"An FBI spokesman told the paper that the agency typically has about 20 Carnivore computers on hand to use when conducting Internet monitoring in compliance with court orders. But some critics say the practice of intercepting the network traffic of all users, even for a brief period of time, could run afoul of federal privacy laws and even the U.S. Constitution's prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizure."

"It's the electronic equivalent of listening to everybody's phone calls to see if it's the phone call you should be monitoring. You develop a tremendous amount of information," Mark Rasch, a former federal prosecutor, told the Journal."

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