Judge strikes down secrecy provision of controversial counterterrorism orders

Judge strikes down secrecy provision of controversial counterterrorism orders – U.S. News

via Judge strikes down secrecy provision of controversial counterterrorism orders – U.S. News.

The letters are an administrative way under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act for the FBI to order companies that provide any sort of communications services — phone companies, Internet service providers, banks and the like — to hand over information about their customers without court approval.

They come with an indefinite secrecy order, preventing the companies from ever letting their customers know their information has been surrendered.

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