U.S. gov't aims to facilitate wiretapping

U.S. gov't aims to facilitate wiretapping
U.S. law enforcement agencies, like the F.B.I., are complaining that current wiretapping is being hindered by carriers' rapidly evolving technology. They have cited multiple occasions on which carriers either modified their network, or added new features which hindered and delayed their surveillance efforts.

Under the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act of 1994, wireless carriers (among others) are required to create channels through which law enforcement agencies can tap into any customer's activities. Unfortunately, networks are changing constantly, and it's onerous to build such back-doors into all their features.

The government plans to strengthen the 1994 law by offering incentives for compliance, and greater penalties for noncompliance. This effort follows their recent move to tap social networking tools like Gmail, BlackBerry, Facebook, and Skype. Those companies are already feeling the pressure, having to overhaul their models to accommodate for government surveillance.

Albert Gidari Jr., a telecommunications attorney, says that accommodations for surveillance could injure industry innovation, profits, and competitiveness. The F.B.I.'s general counsel, Valerie E. Caproni, says that the government is only trying to maintain their previous level of surveillance, not embed themselves any further.

Most everyone would agree that we need to be able to track terrorist and drug-related activities. Many, however, might disagree on the methods. The need to include surveillance features with every technological innovation could prove a real burden on progress. This is particularly true if companies fear harsh sanction if their surveillance features fall short of government standards.

source: The New York Times

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9 Comments

1. Johnabis unregistered

I don't see what the big deal is, I don't care if the government is checking my emails or listening to my calls, I'm not doing anything illegal and have nothing to hide.

4. acipollo

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Part of me agrees, but the majority of law enforcement employees would never have the attitude you have. They don't want anyone looking at anything they do. Not personal lives OR work lives.

5. chris the computer guy unregistered

Dude, seriously! Just because you don't care about your privacy from the Tyrants in government who seemingly are able to financially suppress you more every year, DOESN'T MEANT OTHERS MUST GIVE UP THEIR RIGHTS TO PRIVACY because you clearly don't care about yours. Don't be foolish. Supposed bogyman terrorists aren't going to use open lines on cell phones to plan attacks! Ben Franklin put it best when he said the following: "Anyone who would give up essential liberty for temporary security, deserves neither liberty or security and will ultimately lose both" Liberty should be guarded at all times by those who love it.

9. annie wells unregistered

Allowing people and government to snoop into your personal affairs is like leaving your house and allowing people to come in and rummage through your stuff with out your knowledge. Did you make your bed today before you left? Is this your underwear that stinks or someone you know? Better not take any chances. Lets bring you in for questioning.

2. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

the problem is the door doesn't swing both ways. sure, they can see everything in our lives, but we can't see what our government is up to, and they have no accountabilty, whereas we are accountable for all - hense their tapping. i have nothing to hide either. sure as s+*&t the govt does. we are forced to surrender our liberties to those that deny their own reponcibility. and we pay for them to do it to us. ironic.

3. Bryan87 unregistered

messaih, you are what we call a 2 percenter, and a FREE THINKER, you could have not said it ANY better, no accountability for anything! yet we have to be, and surrender our rights its a joke! When there is no accountability there is NO leadership, all you are is a hypocrite, its time to rise up and take back our freedoms

6. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

7. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Sorry that last post was more for Brian87 than phone arena. This wire tap article really hit me. So much privacy is destroyed. Just look at the latest articles in facebook's apps. Let alone iPhone and android accessing all our information and sending it where ever. And now the government is whining they can't keep up on all the taps they want to. Please. Maybe if they spent less time on facebook in the office they could keep on top of the changing climate rather than penalize companies for changing their structure.

8. infowarsdotcom unregistered

Feds want a one way street.Someone who videotapes fed/local law enforcement on a public street and is questioning the constitutionality of warrantless checkpoints gets arrested.Next move will be an gov inside job internet attack by so called terrorists where they will put in Chinese type total internet control.

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