Court Orders Authorizing Law Enforcement To Track People’s Air Travels In Real Time Must Be Made Public

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Aaron Mackey

“The public should get to see whether a court that authorized the FBI to track someone’s air travels in real time for six months also analyzed whether the surveillance implicated the Fourth Amendment, EFF argued in a brief filed this week. In Forbes Media LLC v. United States, the news organization and its reporter are trying to make public a court order and related records concerning an FBI request to use the All Writs Act to compel a travel data broker to disclose people’s movements. Forbes reported on the FBI’s use of the All Writs Act to force the company, Sabre, to disclose a suspect’s travel data in real time after one of the agency’s requests was unsealed. … But when Forbes sought to unseal court records related to the FBI’s request to obtain data from Sabre, two separate judges ruled that the materials must remain secret.” (01/12/22)