Diebold blinks, retreats

Diebold blinks, retreats

Diebold is facing threats on two fronts as free-speech advocates pursue monetary damages against it and a presidential candidate urges a congressional inquiry into the company.

A major supplier of touch-screen voting machines has agreed not to sue activists and others who posted leaked documents on the Internet about alleged security shortcomings surrounding electronic voting.

Diebold made the promise in a conference call Monday with a federal judge and attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group concerned about civil liberties in digital technology.

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