Proposal Would Ease FBI Access To Online Activity Records



According to this article in the Washington Post, the Obama administration is looking to make it easier for the FBI to access records of an individual’s Internet activity without  a court order if it is deemed the information is relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.

The White House is looking to include just four words, “electronic communication transactional records”,  to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without obtaining a judge’s approval. Government attorney’s say this type of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a user’s browser history. It apparently does not include the “content” of e-mail or other Internet communication.

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