Surveillance, Legal Access Could Weaken Internet Infrastructure

The pervasive bulk surveillance performed by the NSA and other government agencies that’s been revealed in recent weeks relies on court orders, as do other kinds of legal access operations, such as wiretapping or lawful intercepts. Those orders are shrouded in secrecy and the organizations that receive them often comply immediately without asking any questions, a response that can sometimes be a mistake.The FBI uses orders known as national security letters to request information from a variety of organizations as part of investigations relating to terrorism and other national security matters. In most cases, the recipients of those letters are not allowed to disclose that they received one or seek help from other people inside their own organizations. That was the case when Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive received a national security letter in 2008. The FBI was demanding information on searches performed on the site by a specific set of users.

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