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Federal privacy law faces review from data advisers

September 18, 2006 Experts from two federal advisory committees are embarking on a review of critical privacy and policy issues, with a particular focus on implications of the decades-old Privacy Act and other legislation. The Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee at the Homeland Security Department and the Information Security Privacy Advisory Board...

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Judge rules against NSA eavesdropping program

August 17, 2006 A federal court in Michigan said Thursday that the National Security Agency cannot keep monitoring telephone calls and e-mails of millions of Americans without warrants. The ruling by Judge Anna Diggs Taylor thrilled civil libertarians, who claimed the Bush administration's surveillance program violates citizens' constitutional rights to free speech and...

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FBI official: Sweeps of adult entertainment industry off to ‘good start’

August 9, 2006 A series of FBI sweeps aimed at the adult entertainment industry's compliance with federal record-keeping laws are off to a good start, an agency official told reporters Tuesday. Pornographers "expected guns and battering rams, and we came in with suits and pencils," said Chip Burrus, assistant director of criminal investigations...

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Foes of FBI searches of library, Internet records renew challenge

August 8, 2006 Civil-liberties defenders will renew their court challenge to a special subpoena power built into anti-terrorism law that permits the FBI to scour library and Internet service provider files without search warrants. The practice is allowed under "national security letters," a power recently reauthorized in the 2001 law known as the...

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Watchdog, lawmakers eye better information flow

July 26, 2006 Some federal agencies have taken proactive steps to boost the processing efficiency for document requests under the Freedom of Information Act, but future agency plans for action a decade after Congress updated the law for the Internet age dismay at least one watchdog. The 1996 changes to the 40-year-old law...