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01/04/2002 12:44 PM ID: 15301 Permalink   

Keylogging Legal, Courts Say


U.S. District Judge Nicholas Politan has ruled that the FBI acted legally when they snuck into the office of suspected mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo and installed keylogging equipment on his computer.

"Each day...criminal behavior is becoming more sophisticated and complex.... Law enforcement's ability to vigorously pursue such rogues cannot be hindered where all constitutional limitations are scrupulously observed," Politan said.

The FBI had a court order giving permission to "install and leave behind software, firmware, and/or hardware equipment, which will monitor the inputted data entered on Nicodemo S. Scarfo's computer in the target location...."

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