EFF-Austin News
Friday, April 07, 2006

Court Filings Tell of Internet Spying

Via The New York Times.

A former AT&T technician said on Thursday that the company
cooperated with the National Security Agency in 2003 to install
equipment capable of "vacuum-cleaner surveillance" of e-mail messages
and other Internet traffic.

A statement by the technician, Mark Klein, and several company
documents he saved after retiring in 2004, were filed on Wednesday in
a class-action lawsuit against AT&T. The suit, filed in January in
federal court in San Francisco by the Electronic Frontier Foundation,
a civil liberties group, says the company helped the security agency
invade its customers' privacy. The documents provided by Mr. Klein
were filed under seal because of concerns about disclosing proprietary
information.

Mr. Klein's documents, some of which he had provided to The New
York Times, describe a room at the AT&T Internet and telephone hub in
San Francisco that contained a piece of equipment that could sift
through large volumes of Internet traffic.




posted by Fergie at 10:10 AM

Via The EFF.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a motion for a
preliminary injunction in its class-action lawsuit against AT&T today.

However, much of the evidence that was to be included in the
motion--as well as the legal arguments based on that evidence--was
held back temporarily at the request of the Department of Justice
(DOJ).





posted by Fergie at 5:23 PM