DoJ Secretly Granted Immunity to Companies That Participated in Monitoring Program
The Justice Department agree to grant internet service providers that participated in a new cybersecurity monitoring program legal authorization to monitor and intercept communications traffic, according to documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
The documents show that the Justice Department secretly agreed to provide AT&T and other participating providers with so-called “2511 letters” that granted them immunity for activity that might otherwise have violated federal wiretapping laws.
EPIC obtained more than 1,000 documents last week through a FOIA request and provided them to CNET, which broke the story today.
The immunity would have covered their participation in a program aimed at monitoring internet traffic to spot cyber threats and defend against malicious attacks, but EPIC said it essentially allowed the companies to skirt wiretap laws.