Latest in Ban

Image credit:

US Federal judge finds National Security Letters' gag provision unconstitutional

Darren Murph
03.15.13
26 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Woo, boy. You know those National Security Letters that the FBI has been issuing at its own discretion -- the ones Google has been doing its best to track? Judge Susan Illston of Federal District Court in San Francisco just found 'em unconstitutional. As the story goes, NSLs arrive from the factory with a gag order on the recipient, and as Illston sees it, forbidding the recipient from "disclosing that they had received such an order." So, she's suggesting that the whole thing should be banned under the First Amendment.

Moreover, she's ordering the US government to stop enforcing the gag provision in any lingering cases, though she reportedly "stayed her order for 90 days to give the government a chance to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals." Needless to say, the move comes as a blow to the existing administration's surveillance practices, but something tells us this isn't the last word we'll be hearing on the matter. Hit up the links below for a look at the decision.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
26 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Google is reportedly gathering health data on millions of Americans

Google is reportedly gathering health data on millions of Americans

View
Amazon lets you connect Fire TV and Echo devices to create a home theater

Amazon lets you connect Fire TV and Echo devices to create a home theater

View
Apple removes Instagram stalking app Like Patrol from the App Store

Apple removes Instagram stalking app Like Patrol from the App Store

View
Chrome web apps will soon tout desktop-like speed

Chrome web apps will soon tout desktop-like speed

View
WeWork may have found its new CEO: T-Mobile's John Legere

WeWork may have found its new CEO: T-Mobile's John Legere

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr