Subpoenas and Online Service Providers

Friday, January 21, 2011


There are two kinds of subpoenas that federal law enforcement can serve on internet service providers and online communications companies if they want to spy on a users' email or Twitter account. Both kinds frequently have gag-orders attached - which means, users are none the wiser that their account has been breached. And both types of subpoenas are being served to ISPs at an unprecedented rate. The ACLU's Jameel Jaffer explains why what you don't know can hurt you.

Comments [2]

Oscar Romero

It does not seem fair that the us government is just able to infiltrate our privacy like that. Yet sadly we although it is implied that we have a right to privacy we are not necessarily protected under the constitution. The idea behind the governments plan seems good but at the rate at which it is occurring it seems that the government is not puuting enough effort in finding actual thats but instead they are just systematically spying on the us citizens. It seems the real question is, why is the government so interested in the going ons of its citizens?

Jan. 26 2011 12:17 AM
Henrik Moltke from Berlin

Great segment. A relevant follow-up is the Privacy Icons project which aims to set standards for clearly indicating privacy policies, somewhat like Creative Commons has done for copyright: So, in this case; I'd personally like to know - does X ISP or service hand over my data without a subpoena or without challenging gag orders? Here's a nice overview article from Wired:

(disclosure: I work on the project!)

Jan. 23 2011 08:22 AM

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