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Friday, June 09, 2006

Buried In The News

I found this tidbit buried in the news tonight....

Appeals Court Sides With Bush on Wire Taps. It's not the story you think it is. It's not about the NSA wiretaps per say, but it does make them easier.
The court ruled 2-1 in favor of the Federal Communications Commission, which says equipment using the new technologies must be able to accommodate police wiretaps under the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, known as CALEA.

Under the law, the internet, VOIP providers, and other "non-private" network equipment must be able to be tapped by law enforcement officials. A school or company's internal network wouldn't be covered by this. However, the provider that hooks them to the internet would be.

The arguement against the ruling, that the 1994 act shouldn't be enforced against the 2006 internet, is IMHO crazy. Unfortunately, congress would have to change laws nearly daily to keep up with technology if we look at things that way.

The truth is, VOIP providers want to be treated as telephone services, so long as they don't have to pay the same taxes and users fees, or be subjected to the same laws as traditional telecoms. The same thing goes for cell service providers, they'd like to be treated different than 'wired' service providers. Neither wants to be required to allow 9-1-1 locating services, pay the users fees etc, but they want to be in the market for the users of traditional system who have to follow those rules.

The truth is though, being in the same market, targeting the same audience means they should be subject to the same rules on these issues. That includes CALEA and the Telecom Act of 1994.

For the supposed civil liberties defenders out there, please apply some common sense when you think about the issue.

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Blogger shoprat said...

It won't be widely reported because it isn't relevant, i.e. useful to the so-called progressives.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

It was fairly widely reported, just buried deep down in the paper where not many folks would find it.

5:36 AM  

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