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White House site in transition

The new administration was expected to post "bare-bones content" on the White House Web site soon after George W. Bush is sworn in, a spokesman said Jan. 17.

"It will mark the beginnings and only the beginnings of a Bush administration White House Web site," said Tucker Eskew, Bush's director for media affairs. "We are working with technical support at the White House to prepare for that electronic transition."

Soon visitors to www.whitehouse.gov will find information about the new first family. In the coming months, the site will be renovated to "build a more thorough and even more useful Web site for the nation's highest office," Eskew said.

Clinton administration Web sites likely will be archived (see "Maintaining a sense of history"). "The record of the last four years resides in the last four years. We wouldn't do anything with that," Eskew said.




Justice releases seizure guide

The Justice Department has released a manual that guides local and state law enforcement agencies in the search and seizure of electronic evidence in criminal investigations.

The guide (www.cybercrime.gov/searchmanual.htm), drafted by the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the agency's criminal division, offers "assistance, not authority."

But everyone should read the manual, said James Robinson, assistant attorney general in the division. "The guidebook is important not only for law enforcement agents and prosecutors but also for any American who uses a computer," he said.

The manual outlines how electronic surveillance laws apply to the Internet and how courts have interpreted the Fourth Amendment with regard to computers and electronic communication.

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