FBI Extends Wiretap Law to Colleges
“The federal government, vastly extending the reach of an 11-year-old law, is requiring hundreds of universities, online communications companies and cities to overhaul their Internet computer networks to make it easier for law enforcement authorities to monitor e-mail and other online communications.
“The action, which the government says is intended to help catch terrorists and other criminals, has unleashed protests and the threat of lawsuits from universities, which argue that it will cost them at least $7 billion while doing little to apprehend lawbreakers. Because the government would have to win court orders before undertaking surveillance, the universities are not raising civil liberties issues.”
Sam Dillon and Stephen Labaton. Colleges Protest Call to Upgrade Online Systems. The New York Times. Oct. 23, 2005.
Federal Communications Commission. Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (47 CFR Part 64). Federal Register. Oct. 13, 2005.
Federal Communications Commission. Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). Sept. 1, 2005.
Electronic Frontier Foundation. Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (FAQ). No date.
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