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[FYI] (Fwd) FBI announcement on email search 'Carnivore'

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Date sent:      	Tue, 11 Jul 2000 12:07:59 -0400 (EDT)
From:           	"P.J. Ponder" <ponder@freenet.tlh.fl.us>
To:             	cryptography@c2.net
Subject:        	FBI announcement on email search 'Carnivore'

>From today's 'Good Morning Silicon Valley':

FBI unearths sequel to Orwell's 1984: Privacy advocates are outraged
over the FBI's deployment of a high-speed e-mail search technology
called Carnivore which can scan massive amounts of data for e-mail
messages from criminal suspects. Federal investigators -- who claim to
have used the system in fewer than 100 cases since it debuted a year
ago -- showed the technology to industry specialists in Washington a
few weeks ago in the hopes of fostering an industry consensus on a
standard for monitoring all digital communications. Marcus Thomas,
chief of the FBI's Cyber Technology Section at Quantico, described
Carnivore as nothing more than a "very specialized sniffer." Privacy
advocates, predictably, see the technology as wide open to abuse. Said
Mark Rasch, a former federal computer-crimes prosecutor, "It's the
electronic equivalent of listening to everybody's phone calls to see
if it's the phone call you should be monitoring."

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