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EFF Demands Public Release of FBI Surveillance Rules

News release: “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Justice [on June 24, 2009], demanding the public release of the surveillance guidelines that govern investigations of Americans by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI’s Domestic Investigative Operational Guidelines went into effect in December of 2008 and detail the Bureau’s procedures and standards for implementing the Attorney General’s Guidelines on approved surveillance strategies…The FBI’s general counsel has acknowledged that “the expansion of techniques available [to the Bureau] has raised privacy and civil liberties concerns.” Investigations can include the electronic collection of information from online sources and computer databases, as well as the use of grand jury subpoenas to obtain telephone and email subscriber information. Other recent policy changes allow the FBI to engage in free-ranging investigation of Internet sites, libraries, and religious institutions.” [Darlene Fichter]

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