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Is Carnivore Eating You?
July 19, 2000
Carnivore, the FBI's surveillance system that monitors traffic flowing through Internet service providers, has forced the issue of wiretap-style surveillance to the forefront in recent weeks. The FBI has said it wants to access the e-mail and other traffic of suspects under surveillance, similar to the way it uses wiretaps to collect information for indictments. Complicating the legal implications of monitoring an open flow of e-mail through an Internet service provider's mail routers is the issue of the so-called black box: a piece of hardwire the FBI wants to physically install at ISPs so it can remotely manage the tapping. What's in the black box, and do its capabilities go too far?
Three civil libertarians joined the Rountable on Monday, July 17, 2000 to discuss the legal and political implications of Carnivore.
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