Protect Internet and Telephone Privacy

carl william spitzer iv cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Sun Oct 1 20:24:44 MDT 2000


From: owner-action at lists.aclu.org

09-22-00 -- ACLU Action Update: Protect Internet and Telephone
Privacy


September 22, 2000 Do you want your cellular phone to be turned into a
tracking device?

Early next week, the House Judiciary Committee will take action on
legislation of immense importance to privacy and cyberliberties.  This
legislation, introduced by Rep.  Charles Canady (R-FL), is a reaction to
the enormous growth in electronic surveillance.  In each of the last two
years in fact, nearly two million innocent communications have been
intercepted in law enforcement wiretaps.

The new Canady bill would insure that federal law enforcement agents meet
a higher legal threshold before forcing your phone company or Internet
Service Provider to disclose information on your conversations or
physical whereabouts.  Currently, federal officials only have to show
that the information requested would be relevant to a pending
investigation.

The Clinton administration is trying to load down the bill with
amendments that would lead to more wiretapping and government access to
the email of innocent people.  Privacy must be strengthened, not
weakened, in this digital age.  You can read more about the legislation
and urge your member of Congress to support the privacy provisions in the
bill at our action alert:

http://www.aclu.org/action/tapping106.html


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