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CDT Calls for Judicial Oversight of FBI Information Demands

The Center for Democracy and Technology today called for judicial oversight of National Security Letters (NSLs); the documents are used by the FBI when seeking records containing sensitive personal information. Successive Inspector General reports have uncovered abuses and mistakes by the FBI in issuing the NSLs. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, CDT’s Greg Nojeim said that FBI self-policing does not work. CDT and other organizations issued a letter endorsing the NSL Reform Act, S. 2088, which would place more restrictions on how NSLs are issued and subject them to judicial oversight.