Monday, July 10, 2006

FBI plans new Net-tapping push

The FBI has a back-up plan in case their attempts to extend wiretapping requirements to the Internet via FCC rulings fail. They have been showing industry representatives the text of a bill that would extend the Communications Assistance Law Enforcement Act to cover the "information services" that are currently excluded (thanks, Dave!):

Complicating the political outlook for the legislation is an ongoing debate over allegedly illegal surveillance by the National Security Administration--punctuated by several lawsuits challenging it on constitutional grounds and an unrelated proposal to force Internet service providers to record what Americans are doing online. One source, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of last Friday's meeting, said the FBI viewed its CALEA expansion as a top congressional priority for 2007.

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