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FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites – now
Posted By admin On May 5, 2012 @ 3:44 am In Featured Stories,Sci Tech | Comments Disabled
May 5, 2012
The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance .
In meetings with industry representatives, the White House, and U.S. senators, senior FBI officials argue the dramatic shift in communication from the telephone system to the Internet has made it far more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities, CNET has learned.
The FBI general counsel’s office has drafted a proposed law that the bureau claims is the best solution: requiring that social-networking Web sites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging, and Web e-mail alter their code to ensure their products are wiretap-friendly.
“If you create a service, product, or app that allows a user to communicate, you get the privilege of adding that extra coding,” an industry representative who has reviewed the FBI’s draft legislation told CNET. The requirements apply only if a threshold of a certain number of users is exceeded, according to a second industry representative briefed on it.
The FBI’s proposal would amend a 1994 law, called the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act , or CALEA, that currently applies only to telecommunications providers, not Web companies. The Federal Communications Commission extended CALEA  in 2004 to apply to broadband networks.
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 CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57428067-83/fbi-we-need-wiretap-ready-web-sites-now/
 backdoors for government surveillance: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20032518-281.html
 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act: http://epic.org/privacy/wiretap/calea/calea_law.html
 extended CALEA: http://news.cnet.com/Feds-back-wiretap-rules-for-Internet/2100-7352_3-5296417.html
 U.S. Is Weighing Wide Overhaul of Wiretap Laws: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-is-weighing-wide-overhaul-of-wiretap-laws.html
 U.N. could tax U.S.-based Web sites, leaked docs show: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-n-could-tax-u-s-based-web-sites-leaked-docs-show.html
 Critics of SOPA copyright bill ready counterattack: http://www.prisonplanet.com/critics-of-sopa-copyright-bill-ready-counterattack.html
 FBI wants a wire-tap-friendly ‘back door’ to all internet providers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fbi-wants-a-wire-tap-friendly-back-door-to-all-internet-providers.html
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