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The Register: Janet Reno would curb press freedom on line

Mar 09, 2000, 17:31 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C. Greene)

"Constitutional protections of the press are getting in the way of cyber-crime prosecutions and may have to be reconsidered, a White House committee chaired by US Attorney General Janet Reno believes."

" 'With the advent of the Internet and widespread computer use, almost any computer can be used to 'publish' material. As a result, the [Privacy Protection Act of 1980 (PPA)] may now apply to almost any search of any computer,' the committee's report laments."

"The Reno Department of Justice (DoJ) apparently finds this an intolerable burden... 'Because computers now commonly contain enormous data storage devices, wrongdoers can use them to store material for publication that the PPA protects while simultaneously storing child pornography, stolen classified documents, or other contraband or evidence of crime,' the report warns."

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