What Court Orders Led Email Service Lavabit to Shut Down?

By: Friday September 27, 2013 5:00 pm

The owner of the encrypted email service provider that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was reportedly using, Lavabit, which shut down early in August, apparently made the decision to stop operating after receiving a “pen register” order and an order under the Stored Communications Act, according to a legal filing posted by POLITICO‘s Josh Gerstein.

 

US Gov’t WARRANTLESS Surveillance Through Pen Registers and Trap Devices Up Sharply

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 12:36 pm

Newly released documents from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) show warrantless surveillance of Americans’ electronic communications by federal law enforcement agencies through pen register and trap devices sharply increased. Notably, because of how easy it is for government to intercept communications, government now regularly exercises the authority to intercept “to” and “from” addresses of email messages, collect instant message conversation records and gather what the ACLU refers to as “non-content data associated with social networking identities.”

Glenn Fine to Investigate Government Use of PATRIOT Powers Again

By: Friday June 18, 2010 12:16 pm

Main Justice reports that Pat Leahy and DOJ’s Inspector General Glenn Fine have been chatting about further IG review of the FBI’s use of the several PATRIOT provisions that were contentious issues in last years attempt to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act. This means that Fine is going to do what the legislation would have mandated — conduct further reviews of these authorities — on his own. But I’m also interested in the scope Fine lays out for his review in his response to Leahy.

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