Annie Mole What have you searched for today? This week? This year? Some law enforcement agency somewhere may love to know. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union announced that it had filed a formal request (PDF) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), asking various federal judicial agencies what “policies, procedures, and practices [are] followed to obtain search queries from search engine operators for law enforcement purposes.” The ACLU also asked if a warrant or another legal process is required to make requests and if requests can be intercepted in real time. Specifically, the FOIA request applies to a number of federal agencies, including the United States Department of Justice, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the executive offices of a number of United States Attorneys, including those in California, Massachusetts, Texas, and other places.     

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