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The amendments in question refer to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, CALEA, passed under President Bill Clinton in 1994. The law requires communications companies to have interception capabilities and the amendments are needed to ensure that government surveillance abilities would remain intact as companies launch new technology. The bill is to be prepared and submitted to Congress in 2011.
The US authorities made attempts to restrict citizens’ democratic rights and freedoms before. The new York Times reported at the end of September that the Obama administration is preparing to introduce new regulations for the Internet so that law enforcers could intercept private on-line messages and get access to other wireless services using encrypted text. The US special services say that they find it increasingly difficult to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects as people tend to communicate online instead of by telephone.
Originally posted by Zaanny
reply to post by Rhadamanthus
Gotta love the FCC
edit on 21-10-2010 by Zaanny because: (no reason given)