Feeds

Reno gets her teeth into Carnivore

Well at least she sounds like she means it

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

US Attorney General and everyone's favourite gal Janet Reno has said she'll launch a review into Carnivore - the FBI's automated tapping system for ISPs. "I'm taking a look at it now to make sure that we balance the rights of all Americans with the technology of today," she said with depressing predictability.

The Carnivore system requires a court order and is plugged into a suspect's ISP, allowing all emails and traffic to be tracked and recorded. Since its use is likely to be deemed legal by official bodies, the American Civil Liberties Union took a different tack and formally complained that since the system was plugged into an ISP, which hundreds of other people use at the same time, it invaded privacy since all those people's personal information was equally accessible. Since the FBI has proved itself not entirely trustworthy in the past, the complaint is likely to strike a chord with privacy-aware Americans.

Reno realised the situation (she claimed she only started looking at Carnivore after a slew of newspaper articles in recent days) and tried to remove the sting quickly. "We are looking at it to see what is needed, if anything," she said. "If additional regulations are needed, we will pursue those." Ain't it great how a sentence can mean everything and nothing at the same time?

"I just want to make sure that industry, privacy interests, law enforcement interests are all fully advised so that we can consider anybody's concerns and make sure that we address them," Reno said. And we believe her. Just a shame that in the meantime the FBI is entitled to continue as it wishes. ®

Related Story

ACLU seeks Congress' help against FBI's 'Carnivore'

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?