Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) March 18, 2013
According to Fox News and other media outlets, a federal judge this past week struck down a set of laws allowing the FBI to seek people’s records without court approval. These “national security” letters have been sent since the 1980s by the FBI to a wide variety of companies including banks, phone companies, Internet providers and other businesses.
Strengthened by the passing of the USA Patriot Act following the 9/11 attacks, the letters have increased in volume, with 16,511 being sent requesting information regarding 7,201 people in 2011 alone, according to the Fox News article. In Case No. C 11-02173 SI, Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said that the letters, which almost always bar the recipients from disclosing to anyone that they’ve received the demands (including the targeted customers), violate the First Amendment and the separation of powers principles.
Privacy4Patriots, the publisher of an upcoming report on how to protect one's privacy, applauds the judge’s decision and her statement that the government has failed to show that the letters and non-disclosure policy “serve the compelling need of national security.”
The company, which also wants people to enjoy privacy while surfing the Internet – including avoiding being tracked by Google – offers 3 simple steps below:
Check out this blog post on how easy it is for a U.S. citizen to go on the government’s watch list.