Newly Released Documents Detail FBI’s Plan to Expand Federal Surveillance Laws

EFF just received documents in response to a 2-year old FOIA request for information on the FBI’s “Going Dark” program, an initiative to  increase the FBI’s authority in response to problems the FBI says it’s  having implementing wiretap and pen register/trap and trace orders on new communications technologies. The documents detail a fully-formed and  well-coordinated plan to expand existing surveillance laws and develop
new ones. And although they represent only a small fraction of the  documents we expect to receive in response to this and a more recent FOIA request, they were released just in time to provide important background information for the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing tomorrow on the Going Dark program. (HT Georgetown SLB)

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