IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Wiretapping the Internet: Inside Government Web Monitoring Efforts
In the past year, U.S. government officials have spoken repeatedly about the need to give law enforcement broader powers to conduct surveillance online. However, expanding the government's powers introduces its own set of privacy and security concerns, according to some observers. Recently, FBI General Counsel Valerie Caproni told lawmakers that Web-based e-mail, social networking and peer-to-peer services are frustrating law enforcement wiretapping efforts, and that the resulting gap between what authorities want to do and can do is threatening public safety. This was hardly the first time the feds have called for lawmakers to help them keep up with changing technology. Last year, the Obama administration began to push for legislation to require communication services such as Skype, Facebook and others to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. However, some question whether this type of legislation is necessaryand just as important, if it's actually a good idea to open potential vulnerabilities that can allow communications to be monitored or intercepted. In this slide show, we take a look at the debate as well as some other examples of the government using legislation to balance privacy, security and technology.