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The Legality Of FBI 'Full Pipe' Surveillance
'Is Congress even aware they're doing this?'
by Karl Bode 04:03PM Tuesday Jan 30 2007
Remember the privacy fears surrounding the FBI's Carnivore project? According to CNET's Declan McCullagh, that idea was nothing when compared to what's being done now. While Carnivore had a degree of specificity, law enforcement now uses a vacuum cleaner approach -- monitoring the traffic of entire swaths of IP addresses and then sorting through the mined data later. "The question that's interesting, although I don't know whether it's so clear, is whether this is illegal, whether it's constitutional," says Paul Ohm, a former trial attorney at the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. "Is Congress even aware they're doing this? I don't know the answers."

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