Court trims e-tap powers

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Court trims e-tap powers

A federal appeals court overturned parts of a 1994 FCC act that required telecommunications companies operating in the U.S. to make wiretapping of wireless and wired communications easy for government eavesdroppers. Specifically, the ruling limits the type of information the government can obtain without a search warrant and clarifies how pre-Web laws apply to e-mail. Even as the Department of Justice responds to pressures opposing the FBI’s Carnivore e-surveillance system, privacy advocates are saying that this ruling could impact the DOJ’s determination. In a related story, the FBI is promising to begin releasing some of its 3,000 pages of Carnivore documentation in about 45 days.

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