FBI: Customers Might Sue If They Knew Companies Were Helping With Wiretaps
from the uh...-isn't-that-the-point? dept
It’s really quite stunning to see how the government justifies its overreaching efforts into citizens’ privacy. The latest example comes from the ACLU, which found a gem in the heavily redacted documents it retrieved via the Freedom of Information Act in seeking info about the warrantless wiretapping program. One bit of information they found has the FBI saying it thinks the public should not know about companies that are helping the feds with warrantless wiretapping because (gasp) people might sue about their rights being violated:
“Specifically, these businesses would be substantially harmed if their customers knew that they were furnishing information to the FBI. The stigma of working with the FBI would cause customers to cancel the companies’ services and file civil actions to prevent further disclosure of subscriber info.”
Yes, that’s the FBI saying that it shouldn’t be forced to say who’s violating their rights, because people might get upset that their rights are being violated and sue. And that’s bad for business. This is a justification for secretly spying on people without a warrant? That people would get upset and sue? Once again, the feds seem to be arguing that the law should be whatever is most convenient for them, rather than about what most protects the rights of citizens against over-intrusive behavior by the government.