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FBI Seeks To Ease Internet Traffic Monitoring

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posted on Jul, 10 2006 @ 02:40 PM
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The FBI is proposing legislation, to be introduced by Sen. Mike DeWine (R, OH) to facilitate the ability to monitor internet traffic. They desire manufacturers of routing and addressing hardware to modify their equipment for easy 'wiretapping', and to allow surveillance of in-game chatting and instant messaging services.
 



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Breaking the legislation down
The 27-page proposed CALEA amendments seen by CNET News.com would:

• Require any manufacturer of "routing" and "addressing" hardware to offer upgrades or other "modifications" that are needed to support Internet wiretapping. Current law does require that of telephone switch manufacturers--but not makers of routers and network address translation hardware like Cisco Systems and 2Wire.

• Authorize the expansion of wiretapping requirements to "commercial" Internet services including instant messaging if the FCC deems it to be in the "public interest." That would likely sweep in services such as in-game chats offered by Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming system as well.

• Force Internet service providers to sift through their customers' communications to identify, for instance, only VoIP calls. (The language requires companies to adhere to "processing or filtering methods or procedures applied by a law enforcement agency.") That means police could simply ask broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast or Verizon for wiretap info--instead of having to figure out what VoIP service was being used.

• Eliminate the current legal requirement saying the Justice Department must publish a public "notice of the actual number of communications interceptions" every year. That notice currently also must disclose the "maximum capacity" required to accommodate all of the legally authorized taps that government agencies will "conduct and use simultaneously."




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Another step away from the system of checks and balances that keeps limits on the government's abuse of freedom. It looks as though warrants will soon be a thing of the past.

[edit on 10-7-2006 by SilentObserver]

[edit on 10-7-2006 by SilentObserver]

[edit on 11/7/2006 by Mirthful Me]

[edit on 21-7-2006 by DontTreadOnMe]




 
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