July 11, 2000, the existence of an FBI Internet monitoring system
called "Carnivore" was widely reported. Although the public details
were sketchy, reports indicated that the Carnivore system is installed
at the facilities of an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and can monitor
all traffic moving through that ISP. The FBI claims that Carnivore
"filters" data traffic and delivers to investigators only those "packets"
that they are lawfully authorized to obtain. Because the details remain
secret, the public is left to trust the FBI's characterization of
the system and more significantly the FBI's compliance with legal
-- Electronic Privacy Information Center, "The Carnivore FOIA Litigation," at www.epic.org
"Its name may have changed from Carnivore to DCS-1000, but the controversial cybersnooping software used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still on the hunt for information, and likely is scouring vast amounts of Internet communication...."