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ID:

428

Date:

2008-02-17

Headline:

F.B.I. Gained Unauthorized Access to E-Mail

Reporter's name:

Eric Lichtblau

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

Yes

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

The New York Times

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation collected email messages from an entire domain address, instead of from the single email address that had been authorized for surveillance by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. An FBI internal report obtained via FOIA concluded the problem resulted from a computer glitch.

Notes:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation received the report as part of a collection of internal documents obtained in a lawsuit. After noting the "surge" in email activity, the FBI realized the mistake and later destroyed the collected email from their records.

Keywords:

FBI, email, filtering, surveillance, monitoring, data-mining, wiretapping, Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF, national security letters, NSLs

URL:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/washington/17fisa.html


Agencies:

DOJ
FBI
NSA

States:

DC

Categories:

civil rights
technology
telecommunications


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