All posts tagged FBI

Enforcing the Surveillance Laws

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

Surveillance

As many of the recent revelations of government surveillance and information gathering are revealing, government agencies such as the FBI and NSA are violating the law. Recently, the DOJ investigation into the FBI’s use of NSLs reveals many violations of law. So where are the penalties?

In the latest surveillance scandal, the FBI says that it is sorry. According to the New York Times:

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National Security Letter Violations by the FBI

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

FBI logo

According to the a DOJ investigation, the FBI has violated the law on several occasions in connection with the issuance of National Security Letters (NSLs). A NSL is a demand letter issued to a particular entity or organization to turn over various record and data pertaining to individuals. They do not require probable cause, a warrant, or even judicial oversight. They also come with a gag order, preventing the recipient of the letter from disclosing that the letter was ever issued. Compliance is mandatory.

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The Pentagon, the CIA, and National Security Letters

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

Government Surveillance

From the New York Times:

The Pentagon and to a lesser extent the CIA have been using a little-known power to look at the banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage within the United States, officials said Saturday.

The C.I.A. has also been issuing what are known as national security letters to gain access to financial records from American companies, though it has done so only rarely, intelligence officials say.

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The FBI and Illegal Cell Phone Records For Sale

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

Cell Phone Record Privacy

A while ago, I blogged about companies that were selling records of the numbers people call on their cell phones on the Internet. Congress is currently conducting an investigation into these companies.

Today, Bob Sullivan at MSNBC reports:

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Should J. Edgar Hoover’s Name Be Removed From the FBI Building?

Daniel Solove
Founder of TeachPrivacy

FBI Building J Edgar Hoover

A recent article in the LA Times discusses the ongoing debate about whether to remove J. Edgar Hoover’s name from the FBI building. J. Edgar Hoover was the head of the FBI from 1924, its early days before it was even called the FBI (it used to be called the Bureau of Investigation), until his death in 1972. Throughout his career, Hoover engaged in a massive array of abuses. According to the LA Times article:

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