Ask your ISP about Carnivore.
Given all that, concerned consumers should pose their ISPs some tough questions about Carnivore. Here are some ideas of what to ask about your ISP:
1. Has the FBI ever asked to install Carnivore (or EtherPeek, or any similar system)?
2. Has Carnivore (or a similar system) been installed on their facilities at any time?
3. Is Carnivore (or a similar system) still installed?
4. If yes to any of the above, what was the ISP's response? Did the ISP offer to obtain the information under court order so that Carnivore would not be necessary? Did the ISP retain counsel to fight such a broad search in the courts, and appeal it to the highest level?
5. If yes to 2 or 3, what steps did the ISP take to assure that the privacy of its users would be protected? Did the ISP gain access to Carnivore's source code to verify the FBI claims? Did the ISP check the information FBI obtained from the Carnivore machine, either remotely, or through physical collection of recordable media?
6. If the FBI or any other government agency attempts to or succeeds in gaining access to all user traffic information on the ISP, will the ISP inform its users? Under what circumstances would the ISP inform its users of unwarranted investigation or intrusion by government operatives?
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|Title Annotation:||software by the FBI to monitor Internet use|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2000|
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