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The FBI: Watching You Click

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Posted January 30, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

Noiseless black helicopters are constantly circling TheFeed's heavily armed compound, so we're used to the Federal government keeping close tabs on our activity, but now it seems the FBI are employing exciting new methods of keeping track of what seemingly innocent people are doing on the internet.

According to Paul Ohm, a former trial attorney at the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, the FBI is vacuuming up thousands of people's electronic trails and sifting them.

It works like this:

  1. The Feds get a warrant, but don't have an IP address.
  2. They collect all the data that flows from the ISP related to their court order, then filter it for whatever information they're looking for. This could potentially be thousands of people's computers and includes web browsing histories, email, and, I suppose Gopher searchs.
  3. Evil robots are employed.
  4. The FBI learns that I click on many, many websites devoted to clown porn.

I, for one, think the FBI's net-survelliance methods are super-awesome, and I'm glad law enforcment in the USA is protecting me and keeping me free. After all, I haven't done anything wrong, so what do I have to hide?

ZDNet: FBI turns to broad new wiretap method

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