The Washington Post reports:
The Obama administration has agreed with its predecessor that a special surveillance program to monitor federal Internet traffic for malicious intrusions does not violate the privacy rights of government employees or others they communicate with.
By notifying government employees logging on to their computers that they have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” while using the network, the government’s Einstein 2 program is lawful, according to an Aug. 14 Justice Department memo that was released Friday. […]
The memo’s release is part of an Obama administration effort to be more transparent than its predecessor. It drew upon the legal analysis spelled out in a 35-page opinion dated Jan. 9 — also released Friday — that was written by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Steven G. Bradbury, then acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel. […]
Of far greater concern, civil liberties advocates said, is the legality of a more controversial, and mostly classified, government program under development, Einstein 3, which was initiated under the Bush administration.
Einstein 3 is a Bush-era pilot program, continued under Obama, that seeks to have private telecommunications companies route the Internet traffic of civilian government agencies through hardware and software that would search for and block malicious computer codes. For more on Einstein 3, read a couple news stories from July.