Tuesday, January 18, 2005

EFF seeks information on web surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a request with the US Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking the release of documents that would show whether the US government has been using the PATRIOT Act to spy on people's internet reading habits without a search warrant.

In a media release, the EFF said PATRIOT Section 216 expanded the government's ability to spy during criminal investigations using pen registers or trap and trace devices (pen-traps). These collect information about numbers dialled on a telephone but do not record the conversation

Further details: EFF website

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