ISP Owner Finally Able To Admit That He Stood Up To The FBI Over Questionable Data Request
from the only-six-years-later dept
However, six years after first receiving the NSL, Nicholas Merrill, the head of Calyx Internet Access is finally able to admit that he's the guy who's been fighting this legal battle. Prior to this, he'd even kept it secret from his fiancee, family and friends -- even when they happened to bring up the case in casual conversation. Of course, this doesn't change that it happened, and even if we keep being told that the feds have been ordered to stop abusing these processes, there's little to no evidence that anything is really being done. For every Nicholas Merrill, you can bet that thousands of others just gave in and didn't put up a fight -- even if the requests were bogus.
There is a clear legal process for obtaining information, involving warrants and judicial oversight. I have no problem with attempts to get information through such means. But when law enforcement routes around those oversight channels, and then tries to gag people from even talking about it, there's a serious problem.