FBI Would Skirt the Law With Proposed Phone Record Program, Experts Say

Submitted by WantToKnow.info on Sun, 22/07/2007 - 02:47

<p style='text-align:justify;font-family:Arial;font-size:10.0pt'>A proposed new FBI program would skirt federal laws by paying private companies to hold millions of phone and Internet records which the bureau is barred from keeping itself, experts say. The $5 million project would apparently pay private firms to store at least two years' worth of telephone and Internet activity by millions of Americans, few of whom would ever be considered a suspect in any terrorism, intelligence or criminal matter. The FBI is barred by law from collecting and storing such data if it has no connection to a specific investigation or intelligence matter. In recent years the bureau has tried to encourage telecommunications firms to voluntarily store such information, but corporations have balked at the cost of keeping records they don't need.

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