May 8, 2008

Brewster Kahle Gets the FBI To Blink? [11:53 am]

What the heck is going on here? FBI Backs Off From Secret Order for Data After Lawsuit (pdf - comments)

The FBI has withdrawn a secret administrative order seeking the name, address and online activity of a patron of the Internet Archive after the San Francisco-based digital library filed suit to block the action.

It is one of only three known instances in which the FBI has backed off from such a data demand, known as a “national security letter,” or NSL, which is not subject to judicial approval and whose recipient is barred from disclosing the order’s existence.

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