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EPIC Obtains FBI Reports to Congress on Carnivore

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lundi 17 janvier 2005, sélectionné par Spyworld

Through the Freedom of Information Act, EPIC has obtained FBI reports to Congress stating that the law enforcement agency did not use its DCS 1000 Internet monitoring system — formerly known as Carnivore — during fiscal years 2002 and 2003. The reports were prepared in accordance with the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Act, which requires the FBI to report annually to Congress on its use of DCS 1000 or later versions of the program.

The existence of Carnivore first came to light in 2000. Reports indicated that the system could be installed at the facilities of an internet service provider and monitor all traffic moving through the ISP. The FBI argued that Carnivore merely "filtered" data traffic and ensured that investigators collected only those "packets" they were lawfully authorized to obtain. However, because the details of the system remain unknown, the public has long been left to trust the FBI’s characterization of the system and — more significantly — the FBI’s compliance with legal requirements.

The first report obtained by EPIC states that the FBI used commercially available software — rather than its own DCS 1000 system
— to conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance five times in fiscal year 2002. According to the FY2003 report, the FBI used commercially available software to conduct court-ordered surveillance eight times. The FBI reported that it did not use DCS 1000 to conduct surveillance during either fiscal year.

The reports suggest that the FBI’s need for Carnivore-like Internet surveillance tools is decreasing, likely because ISPs are providing Internet traffic information directly to the government.

FBI reports to Congress on use of DCS 1000 :

http://www.epic.org/privacy/carnivore/2002_report.pdf

http://www.epic.org/privacy/carnivore/2003_report.pdf For more information about Carnivore, see EPIC’s Carnivore FOIA Litigation Page :

http://www.epic.org/privacy/carnivore

To see more documents about Carnivore, see EPIC’s Carnivore FOIA Documents Page :

http://www.epic.org/privacy/carnivore/foia_documents.html


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