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Justice Department agreed to issue "2511 letters" immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
"The Justice Department is helping private companies evade federal wiretap laws," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which obtained over 1,000 pages of internal government documents and provided them to CNET this week. "Alarm bells should be going off."
Because it overrides all federal and state privacy laws, including the Wiretap Act, legislation called CISPA would formally authorize the program without the government resorting to 2511 letters. In other words, if CISPA, which the U.S. House of Representatives approved last week, becomes law, any data-sharing program would be placed on a solid legal footing. AT&T, Verizon, and wireless and cable providers have all written letters endorsing CISPA.
Originally posted by an0nThinker
reply to post by MrStyx
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act was defeated in the senate. This is just a "legalized" way around it. Some one in the administration thought this might be a good idea and now have found the correct loophole.
Like you said what this will be used for is getting some kid to take loans and pay up for downloading a song. Or for shvt* and giggles by some moron spying on people without a warrant.