Bill would narrow intruder surveillance

Thursday, 23 September 2004, 11:39 AM EST

A proposal in the U.S. Senate would scale back a federal surveillance law that permits law enforcement agencies to electronically monitor a computer trespasser without a warrant with the consent of the victim.

Under a provision of the 2001 USA Patriot Act intended to give system owners the ability to work with officials to combat intruders, the FBI and other agencies can surveil the communications of an electronic trespasser to, from or through a computer, provided the "owner or operator of the protected computer authorizes the interception."

By Kevin Poulsen at SecurityFocus.

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