FBI Wants To Force Internet Companies To Make Their Sites Surveillance-Ready

If you are paranoid about the rise of a police state, it's time to pull out your metaphorical tin foil hat: according to CNET, the FBI is attempting to strong-arm companies such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft into making their websites and services "wiretap-friendly".

As if CISPA and SOPA weren't already bad enough, CNET says that, if permitted, this proposal would be amended to the 18-year-old CALEA legislature, which requires telecommunications companies to make their communication lines accessible for wiretaps.

"If you create a service, product, or app that allows a user to communicate, you get the privilege of adding that extra coding," a person 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 person briefed on it.

And it's not just the FBI pushing for this either; the FCC is also pushing to make any voice or video chat service on the internet fall under the scope CALEA. The thought of this happening is terrifying, especially when you consider that many of us are required — for work, school, etc — to use these major services. And along with all the work the NSA is putting into their shiny new data center out in the middle of Utah, the government would basically have all the tools necessary to keep tabs on virtually all of us all the time. Yikes. [CNET]

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    Uninformed scaremongering. They already have the legal power (under warrant) to intercept your phone calls. This change, which will still require warrant, will be exactly the same thing.

      I thought CISPA dispensed with the need for a warrant.

      scaremongering.... i find this to be a very informative piece of information... that i otherwise probably would not have heard about....

      Thanks Giz & thanks Adrian :)

    Slightly off-topic but same vein... US intrusions onto AU citizens..
    How about being tried by US law?

    "We have reached a point in Australia where citizens can be arrested and extradited to the United States based on information supplied by Australian spies for breaches of US law on Australian soil. Australia has effectively signed away its right to govern its own in matters of copyright infringement when those matters overlap the interests of the United States. "


    The government department I work for can't buy US based clowd services because we'll be violating our customers privacy.

      that doesnt matter oe little bit this is a million time s worse

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