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• Sunday, March 17th, 2013

FBI National Security Letters (NSLs) With Gag Orders Declared Unconstitutional By U.S. District JudgeFederal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been the national security letters (NSLs) for long by showing national security requirements. FBI is maintaining that not only the contents of these NSLs but also the mere fact of its receipt must be kept secret by the recipient of such NSLs.

This practice was challenged before a District Court. It has now been reported that the U.S. District Judge Susan Illston declared the letters as unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.

There is an urgent need to recognise and adopt human rights protection in cyberspace. This is important to maintain a balance between civil liberties and national security requirements world over.

Both US and India need to understand this crucial requirement as giving primacy and priority to presumed national security over civil liberties would be declared to be unconstitutional by US and Indian Courts.

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