Thanks to a couple of defiant firms the shroud of secrecy over the NSLs has been chipped away.  In 2007 the FBI sent a NSL to the Internet Archive demanding a full list of their users and records.  The Internet Archive refused, retaining the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a digital advocacy group.  The EFF fought hard and not only managed to dissolve the NSL, it also won legal permission to unseal the court letter, giving many in the public and media their first practical knowledge of this sweeping spying mechanism.

Sunday, March 18, 2012