FBI seek backdoors to Social Networks


For decades governmental agencies have been able to wiretap phones. Allegedly, the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is unhappy that social networks like Facebook and Google+ don’t have the same kind of facility.

Contacts for tech media website CNET, have now claimed that senior staff at the FBI have pitched a proposal to amend the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The amendments proposed would require these social networks and other communication-based sites to include a backdoor for federal agents to investigate potential suspects.

While the act would still require a court order for the use of the backdoor, technology firms and civil liberties advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation oppose the idea of CALEA any more power.

The FBI meanwhile has not confirmed the proposal. However, it did say that it was worried that it couldn’t enforce wiretaps.

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