FBI Drops Patriot Act Demand in ISP Case


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After more than two years in a legal battle with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), on November 22, the FBI announced that it had abandoned a Patriot Act demand for the subscriber records of a small Internet Service Provider. The ACLU welcomed the decision but criticized the FBI for refusing to lift a gag order that prevents the provider from disclosing its identity.

The national security letter provision of the Patriot Act allows the government to demand, without court approval, records of people who are not suspected of any wrongdoing. Anyone who receives such a demand is prohibited from disclosing even the mere existence of the request. More information about national security letters is available at ACLU - National Security Letter .

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