Saturday, June 10, 2006

Court upholds Net-wiretapping rules

Judge Harry EdwardsA US court has upheld the decision of the Federal Communications Commission decision to require ISPs to fit wiretapping devices to their networks (thanks, Dave!). This is despite the fact that the relevant legislation (the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act) explicity exempts "information services," and that Congress was assured in 1994 that the act would only cover the telephone network.

The dissenting justice was not impressed:

"What we see in this case is an agency attempting to squeeze authority from a statute that does not give it," Edwards wrote. "The FCC's interpretation completely nullifies the information services exception and manufactures broad new powers out of thin air."

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