Mata Bill Needs More Thought

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-10-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In a move to protect privacy and First Amendment rights, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, based in San Francisco (www.eff.org), is urging Web denizens to contact their elected representatives and urge them to defeat the Mobilization Against Terrorism A

In a move to protect privacy and First Amendment rights, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, based in San Francisco (www.eff.org), is urging Web denizens to contact their elected representatives and urge them to defeat the Mobilization Against Terrorism Act.

According to early interpretations by the Department of Justice, MATA would allow authorities to install a wiretap anywhere in the United States without gaining the permission of each jurisdiction. The act would also extend wiretap provisions for telephones to Internet connections.

EFF is concerned that the proposed looser rules would put civil liberties at risk without effectively preventing terrorist attacks. Given that the Combating Terrorism Act, which gives expanded powers to the attorney general, recently passed with about 30 minutes of debate on the Senate floor, more, not less, discussion is needed.

 
 
 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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