Patriot Act ISP Provisions Found Unconstitutional

A U.S. district judge has struck down a part of the USA Patriot Act that requires telephone and Internet service providers to turn over records to the government without telling customers.

Judge Marrero, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled that the Patriot Act provision that allows the FBI to obtain ISP and telecom subscribers’ billing, calling and Web surfing records without court approval violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Dept. of Justice plans an appeal.  The 103-page opinion (!!) can be found here, along with the ACLU’s press release.

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