posted on May, 6 2004 @ 01:26 AM
I read the following quote in the May issue of PC Magazine. I thought it was pretty interesting...
"For broadband users and providers, it's time to watch the watchers. The FBI, backed by the DOJ and the DEA, submitted an 85-page proposal to the
FCC in March that would require broadband service providers to introduce architecture in their networks for enabling law enforcement the ability to
eavesdrop. Experts say the proposal, if approved
, could dramatically hinder existing and emerging technologies.
The proposal calls for giving police easy access to all forms of switched Internet communications, including communications via Voice over IP, instant
messaging, cable modem, and DSL. It’s language implies that back doors should be integrated into both existing and new systems.
1994’s Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) established the current rules on wiretapping for telecommunications providers. The
FBI proposal seeks to extend those rules to include broadband providers. And though, in many cases, CALEA requires police to seek court approval
prior to wiretapping, the Bush Administration’s Patriot Act circumvents many of those restrictions.
Back in 1994, narrowband technology ruled, argues the proposal. “The movement toward packet-based networks… has already progressed far enough to have
a serious impact on law enforcement’s ability to perform authorized electronic surveillance,” it says.
The proposal is available for viewing at the following address: www.cdt.org...
I personally am against any kind of internet monitoring. The NSA has it all covered anyway, in my opinion. Why allow the FBI the authority to
[Edited on 6-5-2004 by StarChild]