Group seeks deadline for Carnivore FOIA request

Group seeks deadline for Carnivore FOIA request

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

AUG. 18—The Electronic Privacy Information Center yesterday asked U.S. District Judge James Robertson to order the Justice Department to release information related to Carnivore, the FBI's e-mail filtering application, no later than Dec. 1.

The department has said it plans to submit a review of Carnivore, conducted by a university team and a Justice panel, to Attorney General Janet Reno on that date.

EPIC, a public privacy advocacy group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request July 12 asking the FBI for all Carnivore information, including source code. The center took the matter to court Aug. 2 to force the department to expedite the request.

Justice, under court order, proposed a processing schedule on Aug. 16, saying it would review 3,000 pages of relevant information and release batches of information every 45 days.

'We don't think the proposal is satisfactory,' said David Sobel, EPIC's general counsel. He said the schedule is discretionary and sets no date for completion of the processing.

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