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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-27-10 12:08 PM
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U.S. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet
WASHINGTON Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is going dark as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct peer to peer messaging like Skype to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

The bill, which the Obama administration plans to submit to lawmakers next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with protecting privacy and fostering innovation. And because security services around the world face the same problem, it could set an example that is copied globally.

James X. Dempsey, vice president of the Center for Democracy and Technology, an Internet policy group, said the proposal had huge implications and challenged fundamental elements of the Internet revolution including its decentralized design.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/us/27wiretap.html?_r=...
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WAFS Donating Member (83 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-24-11 07:13 AM
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3. I have no doubt this sort of violation is coming.
I also have no doubt that enterprising people will find a way to defeat these intrusions.
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GESICC Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 06:50 AM
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4. BS-nothing on the internet is secure
Think about eMail, and just AN example. Your eMail account is a data base, right? Think computer for a second, what if you don't have to log in and out to access messages? Why would you think its any other way?
My other favorite example was the using your "draft," box to communicate in secret... do you remember this "security scam"? Supposedly a message can't be tracked until you hit "send." But, say someone wants to communicate some illicit deal in another country, the draft a message in one country, and their partner in crime opens the draft in another, supposedly in secrecy. I mean please!
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