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Utah Considers Warrantless Internet Subpoenas 234

Posted by kdawson
from the mission-creep dept.
seneces writes "The Utah State Legislature is considering a bill granting the Attorney General's Office the ability to demand customer information from Internet or cell phone companies via an administrative subpoena, with no judicial review (text of the HB150). This represents an expansion of a law passed last year, which granted that ability when 'it is suspected that a child-sex crime has been committed.' Since becoming law, last year's bill has led to more than one non-judicial request per day for subscriber information. Pete Ashdown, owner of a local ISP and 2006 candidate for the US Senate, has discussed his position and the effects of this bill."
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Utah Considers Warrantless Internet Subpoenas

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  • by wintercolby (1117427) <[winter.colby] [at] [gmail.com]> on Wednesday February 24, 2010 @09:39AM (#31258452)
    Atty: Your honor, the suspect is a Morman Fundamentalist.
    Judge: And you have proof of this?
    Atty: He cliams 35 dependants on his state taxes.
    Judge: Subpoena granted.
  • by AHuxley (892839) on Wednesday February 24, 2010 @09:45AM (#31258494) Homepage Journal
    If a LEO sees something on a forum or in real time in a chat room, they cannot wait for paperwork from a judge to be filed, signed, stamped, sealed, delivered back to a LEO and then driven out to an isp to try its best searching a database for an ip and address 24-48 h later.
    Just trust the city or state police. Its not like the 1960's or 1970's, they have cleaned up at all levels - really.
    They work on multi year federal and international cases and there has been decades of quality law reform in every state of the union.
    Cointelpro was in the distant past, the Missouri Information Analysis Center report was a misunderstanding and quickly cleared up in the mainstream press.
    Just give your local LEO the tools they need to make the internet safe from power points of demonic activity.
    New net laws will allow the modern Utah internet user to have a faster internet again, ensuring shorter working hours, more safe time with the family online and lower mortgages.
  • bah Utah (Score:3, Funny)

    by Khashishi (775369) on Wednesday February 24, 2010 @12:52PM (#31260906) Journal

    can we please expel Utah from the union?

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