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,"
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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