MSM: White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity

(WashingtonPost) – 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.

Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post
July 29, 2010

But what officials portray as a technical clarification designed to remedy a legal ambiguity strikes industry lawyers and privacy advocates as an expansion of the power the government wields through so-called national security letters.

These missives, which can be issued by an FBI field office on its own authority, require the recipient to provide the requested information and to keep the request secret. They are the mechanism the government would use to obtain the electronic records.

Full article here


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One thought on “MSM: White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity

  1. “There they go again”
    Step by step, inch by inch.
    Do these guys see that what they are doing is wrong and anti american,that they are traitors?
    Hey you guys at the FBI ( and other gov’t agencies); You’re over the line; refuse to follow unlawful orders; it’s up to you to be our protector, not he destroyer of liberty.
    Turn back: you’re headed for the cliff. Once you go over there’s no turning back. Save yourselves and us from these nincompoop would be dictators

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