Since the US Patriot Act came into legal play after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been using National Security Letters (NSLs) to compel technology companies, such as internet service providers and telecommunication companies to give them data on users. As if that weren’t bad enough, the FBI requires anyone who receives a NSL to remain silent and tell no one about the request. Most shameful of all is the fact that almost no one, including some of the bigger companies, appears to be pushing back.
Well, almost no one. Nicholas Merrill of Calyx Internet Access began fighting in 2004 by refusing to comply with the FBI NSL. His court battle continues to this very day.
Would you know it if the government tracked your movements online, including where you shopped, what you read and what you purchased? Probably not. No one is safe anymore and privacy is all but dead. But we can still fight to sustain privacy. Don’t give up!
National Security Letters