Research group to check out Carnivore
- By Bryant Jordan
- Sep 28, 2000
The Justice Department has found a research group to study its controversial
e-mail bugging system called Carnivore.
Steve Colgate, the department's top IT official, announced Sept. 26 that
IIT Research Institute, an independent, nonprofit center associated with
the Illinois Institute of Technology, won the Carnivore research contract
from among 11 bidding universities and testing labs.
Colgate said IITRI "has both he technical expertise and the dedication to
the project to provide the most thorough, independent and timely review."
Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the review when privacy advocates, including
members of Congress, expressed concern about how the system operates and
its potential for abuse.
IITRI will produce an interim report in November, followed a month later
by the final report. Both will be open to public comment, though Justice
is expected to first remove any data that could compromise the system.
Last month, some universities refused to bid on the study because of such
FBI restrictions. But Kerry Rowe, senior vice president of IITRI and manager
of the events technology group that will conduct the study, said he is not
"I don't anticipate there will be any major edits. I anticipate any reports
and data we produce will go forward," he said.