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Monday, September 27, 2010

Regulations Would Simplify Internet Surveillance

“Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone. Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct ‘peer to peer’ messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.” (New York Times)

The people exist for the convenience of the State.

FEE Timely Classic
“Liberty and Privacy: Connections” by Joseph S. Fulda