FBI Retires Controversial E-Mail Surveillance Tool (Carnivore)

The FBI has all but retired its controversial e-mail wiretap system formerly known as Carnivore, turning instead to commercially available software, according to two recently released reports to Congress.
The monitoring system developed to intercept the e-mail and other online activities of suspected criminals was not used in fiscal years 2003 and 2002, according to the reports obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center under the Freedom of Information Act.
According to the reports, the FBI used commercially available software to conduct court-ordered Internet surveillance in criminal investigations 13 times during that time period.
An FBI spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
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