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Friday, July 30, 2010

Report: White House wants FBI to have more access to Internet records


The White House wants to change the law so the FBI can demand a person's Internet activity from an ISP without a judge's order, if they're investigating a terror or intelligence-related case, the Washington Post reports.

Right now, the bureau can demand your name, address and billing records. The White House wants the law to explicitly include email activity, though not the content of emails, and possibly browser history. Critics say this would hurt citizens' privacy, while officials argue getting this data without a judge's intervention would let them go after the bad guys more quickly.

UPDATE: The New York Times has the White House calling the change more of a "clarification," noting that a lot of Internet service providers already give this information up without a judge's order.


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