Friday, December 30, 2005

Should you be worried about the Patriot Act?

Most people haven't read the extremely long act, but if you haven't you probably should. If you want a quick and dirty summary, check out this article at Slate. While section 215, often called the "library provision," has garnered probably more attention than any other portion of the act, the federal letters are probably more important.

According to a recent Washington Post article, the FBI now issues some 30,000 national security letters each year. These letters can be used to gather records, such as telephone call logs and financial documents.

If I were to worry over any portion of the Act, I would spend some time reading Section 505. EFF says 505 should sunset. Others say the letters allow the FBI to focus their investigations.


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