February 23, 2011

Web Wiretaps Raise Security, Privacy Concerns

14192616157377018ddc916bb09250d4.jpeg In the old days, wiretapping was easy: Law enforcement officials just tapped a wire. Even with cell phones, police merely had to take a warrant to the phone company and tell it to tap the number. But now, in this age of Skype and instant messaging, things are a lot trickier, and law enforcement says it needs help. npr reports.

quotemarksright.jpgFederal law already requires tech companies to cooperate with court-ordered surveillance. The problem, says FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni, is that the companies offering services like Web-based e-mail or social networking sometimes can't cooperate.

"What we're finding and it's not universally the case, across the board but what we're seeing is they do not have intercept solutions available for all of the types of services that they're offering for people to use to communicate," she says.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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