NEWS - May 01, 2013
by Carol~ - 5/1/13 10:10 AM
US seeks to pressure Google, Facebook et al. into installing wiretapping backdoors
In the US, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has what it calls a Going Dark problem.
As the FBI has been telling it for the past few years, the agency is unable to tap the latest generation of Internet communications venues - at least, not always easily or quickly - as it seeks to eavesdrop on terrorists, child pornographers, human traffickers, arms traffickers, drug dealers or other criminals.
A government task force is now preparing legislation that would fix all that by putting the screws on companies such as Facebook and Google, forcing them to enable law enforcement to intercept communications in real time, according to The Washington Post.
The proposal is designed to expand the reach of CALEA, the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.
CALEA is a wiretapping law passed under President Bill Clinton that requires telecom service providers and equipment providers to design or modify their products, facilities and services to have surveillance capabilities built in from the ground up so that Feds can monitor all telephone, broadband Internet, and VoIP traffic in real time.
Continued : http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/05/01/us-google-facebook-bacldoors/