FBI Asks Internet Companies Help Wiretapping Social Networking Sites

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has asked Net organizations, like Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, to not oppose its proposal requiring them to build backdoors for government surveillance.

FBI officials, in meetings with business representatives, the White House and U.S. senators, said that contemporary means of communication, such as the Net, has made it tough to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal actions.

The FBI general counsel’s office has made a proposal that would require social- networking websites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging and Net e-mail to modify their code and guarantee their items are pleasant to wiretapping.

“If you develop a service, solution, or app that permits a user to communicate, you get the privilege of adding that extra coding,” an industry representative who has reviewed the FBI’s draft legislation told CNET.

The FBI’s proposal would amend a 1994 law, called the Communications Help for Law Enforcement Act, CALEA, which is applied only to telecommunications companies and not Web firms.

The FBI’s legislation, accepted by the Department of Justice, is one component of what the bureau has internally called the ‘National Electronic Surveillance Strategy’.

The president of Subsentio, a Colorado-based mostly business that sells CALEA compliance products, Steve Bock mentioned that the step would provide a ‘safe harbour’ for Net businesses as extended as their interception methods are great.

Even so, the White House, significantly less inclined to initiate the proposal on the pretext that it would harm privacy, has not sent the FBI’s CALEA amendments to Capitol Hill, even although they had to send it last year, the report said. (ANI)

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