- Jul 28, 2000Courtesy of Kay Proctor at www.talktogov.com
July 28 2000
Carnivore Stays On The Prowl
Attorney General Janet Reno said Thursday she will not suspend the FBI's
court-approved monitoring of some people's e-mail messages while the law
enforcement program is under review at the Justice Department, reports
"I think that (FBI) agents can still use it" during the review of the
FBI's new Carnivore surveillance system, Reno said at her weekly news
briefing. Reno said it is important "that we be able to explain the
process and address the issues raised by the industry, privacy experts
reports that with lawmakers and privacy advocates concerned the system
allows for widespread surveillance of e-mails, Reno said the first step
will be for a group of academic experts to conduct a detailed review of
the computer program's source code.
Reno's comments came amid a move in Congress to increase the burden on
federal law enforcement agencies to justify monitoring people's e-mail
messages and other communications. Rep. Bob Barr, R-GA, confirmed that
he and his staff are at work on a bill that would rein in Carnivore and
place additional restrictions on telephone wiretaps as well.
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