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US Seeks Ways to Wiretap the Internet

US Seeks Ways to Wiretap the Internet

The Obama Administration is framing a legislation that will allow law enforcement agencies to spy on social networking and VoIP platforms.

According to The New York Times, federal and national law enforcement agencies are developing ways to wiretap social networks and VoIP services, as people are increasingly using the internet to communicate rather than the telephone.

What the government wants is that key web-based communication services providers, like BlackBerry's encrypted e-mails, social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter and VoIP services like Skype, should be technically capable of complying with a wiretap request during a criminal or terror investigation.

The Bill will be submitted to the lawmakers by the Obama administration some time next year.

Valerie E. Caproni, general counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said in a statement to NYT: "We're not talking expanding authority. We're talking about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security."

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