A new FBI proposal would compel internet communications companies to hand over information--or pay a fine.
Existing wiretap law is almost 20 years old and doesn't capture the nuances of modern internet use. The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act was first authorized in 1994, and it ordered "telecommunications carriers" to comply with court orders to assist in intercepting communication. Since then, communication online has taken off, while the landscape of what we know has telecommunications carriers has drastically changed. In 2006, the FCC expanded the act to include Internet access providers, but there's a tricky caveat: court orders under existing law only instruct internet communications providers to offer technical assistance to law enforcement. That gives the tech companies some leeway if they're uncomfortable handing over information; they can just say they were unable to make the technology work the way the FBI wants.
Under the new proposal, that wiggle room disappears. FBI officials can notify a company (with a wiretap order, say) that they need the tech to be surveillance-ready in 30 days. If not? Fines, starting at $25,000/day that the capability isn't there. Of course, complying isn't exactly free, either. Over at Lawfare, Susan Landau writes:
The plan allows the FBI to adapt quickly as new media emerge, and more and more private information is in the hands of internet-based tech companies. But it's still a far cry from law. Right now, the Obama administration is considering the proposal. If White House officials choose to push it forward, it would still need to pass in Congress.
USA land of the once free, ...... long long
........ long ago.
NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
By James Bamford03.15.127:24 PM
You mean that internet service providers can give data to the government and have immunity from being prosecuted by citizens of the united states if its illegal, and the government cannot be prosecuted because of state secrets. but if they dont help the government they get a 25,000 fine per day. Im guessing that they cant tell the citizens that apply to the spying criteria either.
This needs to change PERIOD
If we didn't have so many people killing each other, and so many criminals, perhaps our freedoms wouldn't be touched...but there are always criminals and always murderers...
so the US has a megatech (quantum?) computer centre somewhere in Utah just about ready & able to read its citizens -- and other folks' -- personal/banking/corporate emails irregardless of the super-duper current mil-spec encryption algorithms. And now this. This is getting scarier by the minute, this thought of a future police state. For as much as I have respect -- and expect nothing less --for those who are just doing their jobs to watch over that country's national security...the question remains: who watches the watchers?
Waste of time, encrypted communications is so simple now that anyone who knows what they are doing will get away with it.
There's much worse news for the casual internet user.The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is about to be adopted by several countries including the U.S.,and it has some truly scary copyright protection provisions,if leaked info is any indication: $10,000 fines for clicking on the wrong Youtube video,for example,and a "three strikes" rule that will ban triple "offenders" for life from internet access.And your ISP will be forced to monitor your online traffic for copyright "violations"! Get more info and sign the petition against this abomination at: stopthetrap.net
@Cookiees453 crime is down the world is more peaceful than ever before, your attitude is a result of conditioning and does not represent reality.
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
@Jellybelly you'd be surprised at how many people are clueless about encryption and how many encryption methods are not secure.
Many nations outlaw encrypted communications that those governments cannot snoop on, I'm sure there are people in our government that would not mind such a policy.
25,000$ X 365 = 9,125,000$ - For the record Google made 29,000,000,000$ in 2010.
If they had any sense they should publicly tell the gov to shove it and tell the public "Because we like you so much we are going to absorb the 9 million"
I like to see a revolt, but I NOT want to part of causing chaos. I just like to see good ideas to come to the surface and bad leadership ousted.