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Thread: FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now [another dumbo yank law]

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    FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now [another dumbo yank law]

    The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance. 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.
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    Should this proposal get up forums (AP) etc. would also be affected.
    There is a discussion thread on the vBulletin site.

    It is worth noting that this would be in direct conflict with AP's stated privacy policy.

    So please avoid using words and phrases like 'anthrax', 'dirty bomb', and 'jihad' in the same post as 'White House', 'America' etc.
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