Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Push for US Internet 'wiretap' law faces tough road
The FBI is becoming more aggressive to get expanded authority to wiretap our Internet communications such as Gmail, Dropbox, Google Voice, etc.
But the move is drawing fire from civil liberties groups, technology firms and others who claim the effort could be counterproductive, by harming online security and imposing hefty costs on makers of hardware and software.
US law enforcement has for years complained about the problem of "going dark," or being unable to monitor Internet communications in the same manner as wiretaps, for which officials get a court order to tap into a local phone company.
President Barack Obama said in a May 23 speech his administration is "reviewing the authorities of law enforcement, so we can intercept new types of communication."