FBI Wants Google, Facebook to Provide Wiretap Backdoor: Report
The FBI wants Facebook, Google and other large Internet companies to build in backdoors to allow wiretapping, CNET reports.Just in case you werent paranoid enough about privacy and security on the Web, a CNET report has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is pressuring major Internet communications firms to build in backdoors that would allow the bureau to conduct wiretapping investigations. The report said the FBI fears its ability to conduct surveillance as more users employ Web-based communication and messaging services to talk to each other. The news is unlikely to go down well with Internet freedom groups, which are already alarmed by government proposals to regulate and monitor the Internet. Some argue that building in such a backdoor would be a time-consuming and complex process. "New methods of communication should not be subject to a government green light before they can be used," Ross Schulman, of the Computer and Communications Industry Association, said in the report.
The report also mentions any wiretapping would require a court order before it could be initiated. What the FBI is proposing is an amendment to the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, which would require communications platforms like Facebook and Web email programs like Gmail and Yahoo to build FBI-accessible backdoors into their services, the article said.