ILLINOIS GROUP TO PROBE FBI E-MAILS

carl william spitzer iv cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Fri Oct 6 19:14:52 MDT 2000


The IIT Research Institute, a non-profit research group
associated with the Illinois Institute of Technology, will
examine whether the FBI's controversial Carnivore e-mail
surveillance software threatens user security by allowing the FBI
access to private communication.  The independent institute will
prepare a report for this December that will address such issues
as how Carnivore can identify suspects under investigation from
people with the same name or how Carnivore can handle suspects
who use online aliases.  Many of Carnivore's critics have also
complained about the restrictions surrounding the report, saying
that the Justice Department, which commissioned the report, has
retained too much editorial control over its content and too much
power over the make-up of the research team.  The Justice
Department dismissed the criticism, claiming that it must retain
some control to protect the legal interests of the companies that
provided the software for Carnivore.
(Associated Press, 26 September 2000)

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