us: NSA cooperation: OK for e-mail, IM companies?
Posted in: Government & Policy at 26/10/2007 02:01
White House wanted immunity for phone companies over possible cooperation with NSA, but new bill also would shield e-mail, IM providers.
A new Senate bill would protect not only telephone companies from lawsuits claiming illegal cooperation with the National Security Agency. It would retroactively immunize e-mail providers, search engines, Internet service providers and instant-messaging services too.
The broad language appears in new legislation that a Senate committee approved by a 13-to-2 vote on Thursday during a meeting closed to the press and public. It enjoys the support of the panel's Democrats and Republicans.