Gov't Can't Hide EFF's Lawsuit Against AT&T Just Yet

from the but-there's-still-time dept

Both AT&T and the U.S. government have been working hard to get the EFF's lawsuit concerning passing info on to the NSA to disappear. However, their latest effort has failed, as a judge has refused a request to dismiss the case -- though AT&T can (and almost definitely will) still appeal. The judge's reasoning is interesting, claiming first that so much of the info concerning the case is already public, there's hardly an issue of secrecy. Of course, that may raise some questions about how that info became public. However, his second point is more interesting. AT&T's defense that they were "just following government orders" is not a valid one. That's something you would have thought was obvious these days, but it's nice to see it reinforced.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Jul 2006 @ 6:32am

    I seem to remember a case of a carjacking where there was a baby in the backseat of the SUV. The vehicle of course had a built in cell phone or something, and the parents called the mobile company and pleaded with a customer service rep and begged them for the location of the vehicle.

    The mobile company said they could not divuldge that information without a court order.

    The media had a field day with that story, headlines read "Sprint (I think it was Sprint, maybe not) refuses to help find kidnapped infant"

    Dammed if you do, dammed if you don't.

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