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DOJ says Lavabit cannot prevent search warrants by 'locking its front gate'

John Ribeiro | Nov. 14, 2013
Email provider Lavabit shut down after having to give its encryption keys to the U.S. government.

The Lavabit lawsuit comes in the wake of reports of dragnet surveillance by the NSA of phone records of people in the U.S. and its alleged tapping into the servers of large Internet companies for real-time user content.

The government argues that providing the encryption keys was included under the assistance provisions of the Pen Register and Trap and Trace Device statute which required Lavabit to provide "all additional information, facilities and technical assistance including installation and operation" of the trap-and-trace device.



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