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May072012

FBI Wants Wiretap-Ready Social Networks Soon 

Sam Laird 
Mashable.com, May 06, 2012 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to make Facebook and other social networks easier to use for spying on suspected criminals ? and it wants access ASAP. High-ranking FBI officials and other government representatives have been meeting with Internet industry leaders to ask them not to oppose a proposed law that would give federal agencies backdoor access to social networking sites, CNET reports. The FBI?s argument? As communication has shifted more and more online, previous laws allowing wiretaps on phone lines are becoming less and less useful. FBI lawyers have reportedly drafted a proposal that if passed into law would require social networking sites to rework their code for easier surveillance. It would also apply to instant messaging, VoIP and email providers that exceed a certain number of users. Read more…

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