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Chapter 6. Privacy Is Invaded > It's Far Too Easy to Access Lots of Information

It's Far Too Easy to Access Lots of Information

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution says, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh told the Senate that America needs a new Fourth Amendment, one suitable for the Information Age.[1] Carnivore, the FBI's new surveillance system, ignores warrants and “reasonable cause” and can tap anyone's e-communications. Carnivore reads hundreds of thousands of messages at a time, the vast majority from innocent people, filtering them for illegal activities.[2]


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