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FBI Net-wiretapping rules face court challenges
Actual text of FCC CALEA rules:
Discussion from the Politech archives, way back in 1999:
FBI Net-wiretapping rules face challenges
October 24, 2005, 4:35 PM PDT
New federal wiretapping rules forcing Internet service providers and
universities to rewire their networks for FBI surveillance of e-mail and
Web browsing are being challenged in court.
Telecommunications firms, nonprofit organizations and educators are
asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to overturn the
controversial rules, which dramatically extend the sweep of an
11-year-old surveillance law designed to guarantee police the ability to
eavesdrop on telephone calls.
The regulations represent the culmination of years of lobbying by the
FBI, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration,
which have argued that "criminals, terrorists and spies" could cloak
their Internet communications with impunity unless police received broad
new surveillance powers. The final rules, published this month by the
Federal Communications Commission, apply to "any type of broadband
Internet access service" and many Internet phone services.
Posted by Declan McCullagh on Oct 24, 2005
in category privacy
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