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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.

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Posted by Declan McCullagh on Oct 24, 2005 in category privacy

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