Patriot Act Provision Struck Down by Federal Judge

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 29, 2004

In a 120 page decision today, Doe and ACLU v. Ashcroft et al., No. 04-CIV-2614, Judge Victor Marreo, Southern District of New York, “struck down an entire Patriot Act provision that gives the government unchecked authority to issue “National Security Letters” to obtain sensitive customer records from Internet Service Providers and other businesses without judicial oversight. The court also found a broad gag provision in the law to be an “unconstitutional prior restraint” on free speech.” [Link]

  • Related reference, Privacy Hero of the Month: Judge Victor Marrero and anonymous ISP
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