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Police Documents Show Scramble To Justify Lawful Access

Late last year, I wrote a column on lawful access arguing that “neither the government nor law enforcement has provided credible evidence demonstrating how the current law has impeded active investigations.” Open Media has now obtained an internal police document that shows the policy recognize this problem.  The email asks police departments for examples of why the current laws on disclosure of customer name and address information has posed a problem.  The email acknowledges that “we are aware that a similar request was made approximately 2 years ago, but the report written at that time lacked a sufficient quantity of good examples.”

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