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Suits Question Law Enforcement Access to Web Data

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 7, 2010

Three lawsuits seeking class-action status are raising questions about how law enforcement agencies get information about Internet users without their knowledge, The National Law Journal reports. The suits, filed in Georgia Superior Court against three Internet companies, alleged the out-of-state companies violated federal wiretap and computer privacy laws by providing information in response to warrants or subpoenas issued by the state's judges or magistrates. "If these were federal warrants, there would be no cause of action," said one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, Joshua A. Millican, who contended that state warrants "have no force outside of the state of Georgia."
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