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This month's Privacy Hero

The judge who struck down part of the PATRIOT Act was named Privacy Hero of the Month by The National Consumer Coalition Privacy Group [via Declan McCullagh's Politech]:

Marrero, in a detailed ruling, found that the language in the US Code authorizing NSLs [National Security Letters] was in violation of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable search and seizure because of the lack of judicial involvement or redress in the searches. Marrero dismissed the argument of the Justice Department that judicial redress was implied in the language even though it appeared nowhere.

Additionally, Marrero ruled that the part of the law that bars firms and individual targets from disclosing the fact that they had been searched violates First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.

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