In meetings with industry representatives, the White House, and U.S. senators, senior FBI officials argue the dramatic shift in communication from the telephone system to the Internet has made it far more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities, CNET has learned.
The FBI general counsel's office has drafted a proposed law that the bureau claims is the best solution: requiring that social-networking Web sites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging, and Web e-mail alter their code to ensure their products are wiretap-friendly.
"If you create a service, product, or app that allows a user to communicate, you get the privilege of adding that extra coding,"
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What a "privilege" that will be eh? It's highly unlikely this is going to get a warm fuzzy reception.
They claim to have a "Going Dark" problem, worried surveillance ability will "diminish as technology advances."
The FBI pointed to "Web-based e-mail, social-networking sites, and peer-to-peer communications" as issues that leave them FBI "increasingly unable" to conduct the same kind of wiretapping it could in the past.
Lets sit back and watch the user numbers fall to record lows. Better yet, let FB, Twitter, Pinterest et al shut down for a week in a show of solidarity to protest this intrusion and bring it to the public's attention. We're going to need more popcorn.