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FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IN ALABAMA FILE CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS IN PUBLIC DOMAIN

At least 40 confidential and sealed applications filed in the Middle District of Alabama were made available to the public.  The systemic failure to protect the confidential data occurred over the past nine months when federal prosecutors in Alabama uploaded confidential documents to PACER.  The web-based records system has nearly one million users and includes lawyers, journalists, researchers, private
investigators, and government officials.

The Smoking Gun is reporting the confidential court applications, made by ten separate prosecutors, included requests to install hidden surveillance cameras, examine Facebook records, obtain credit information on certain individuals, procure telephone records, and attach devices on phone lines that would allow agents to
track incoming and outgoing calls. In fact, the most recent application was April 11!

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