Thursday, September 22, 2016

A U.S. judge just disclosed how often law enforcement asked to secretly track electronic records

A federal judge released a list Wednesday of all sealed requests made in Washington in 2012 for Americans’ telephone and Internet activity, a step toward bringing more public scrutiny to rapidly expanding secret law enforcement activities.

The action came in a case brought by a journalist to unseal a much larger collection of information about court-ordered electronic surveillance in closed criminal investigations in the nation’s capital.

Legal experts say even the selective release appears to mark the first time a U.S. district court has made a systematic online disclosure of how often law enforcement seeks court orders under a 1986 statute to obtain individuals’ electronic records from communication service providers. The release could serve as a model for court disclosure elsewhere, several legal experts said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-judge-lists-one-years-government-electronic-surveillance-requests-in-dc/2016/09/21/7911b044-7c26-11e6-beac-57a4a412e93a_story.html

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