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Carnivore Stays On The Prowl

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    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
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      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 AP. "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 and others." Reuters
      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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