Court: Telecoms don't have to hand over records to feds

03/17/2013 | Bloomberg

Telecoms can refuse to turn over confidential subscriber records to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Friday, saying the demands were unconstitutional. The decision struck down one of a group of federal laws known that allowed the FBI to issue NSLs -- national security letters -- to telecoms. The law, which also banned the letters' recipients from discussing them, has "multiple constitutional problems," the judge ruled.

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