Carnivore study coming soon
- By Bryant Jordan
- Aug 11, 2000
University computer experts may get a chance later this month to review
Carnivore, the FBI's controversial e-mail snoop, Attorney General Janet
Reno announced Thursday.
Justice officials have contacted three universities that it will consider
for the review, and they may look at as many as nine before deciding which
institution will do the work.
Members of Congress, privacy advocates and civil liberties organizations
have criticized the system, which makes copies of e-mail messages targeted
by FBI agents.
In most cases, bureau officials have said, Carnivore traps only the "to"
and "from" lines of an e-mail message and does not even include the subject
line. But officials acknowledged that the bureau can and has intercepted
entire e-mail messages.
Reno said Thursday that critics of Carnivore, along with FBI and other law
enforcement officials, will be consulted on the selection of a university
to review the program. They also will be consulted about any recommendations
coming out of the review, she said.
"I will approve the final selection of the university after consulting with
the privacy and law enforcement community," she said. "The university review
team will have total access to any information they need to conduct their