Through The Static

March 6, 2008

More FBI Privacy Violations Confirmed

Filed under: Culture,Government,Politics — disciplepete @ 7:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI acknowledged Wednesday it improperly accessed Americans’ telephone records, credit reports and Internet traffic in 2006, the fourth straight year of privacy abuses resulting from investigations aimed at tracking terrorists and spies.

These particular violations seem to relate primarily to “national security letters”:

National security letters, as outlined in the USA Patriot Act, are administrative subpoenas used in suspected terrorism and espionage cases. They allow the FBI to require telephone companies, Internet service providers, banks, credit bureaus and other businesses to produce highly personal records about their customers or subscribers without a judge’s approval. (link)

Federal agencies violating the law. That sucks!

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