DOJ Orders More Transparency In Tech Data Cases

The Justice Department issued guidelines aimed at providing more transparency around prosecutors’ secret demands for customer data stored on tech firms’ servers. The guidance approved by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ends the routine imposition of gag orders barring companies from telling customers their email or other records have been turned over in response to legal demands.

Cleveland U.S. Attorney Dismantles Civil Rights Unit

In an example of how U.S. Justice Department priorities are changing, new U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman in Cleveland has eliminated the office’s civil rights unit and has established a new division that will focus on prosecuting violent crime. The crime unit will use the power of the federal government to build bigger conspiracy cases and target gangs.