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Debate Over Internet Backdoors Heats Up in Congress and in Court

Feb 17, 2011, 17:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Bankston)

"Two hearings tomorrow—one in court and one in Congress—will highlight the brewing debate over whether Congress should expand federal surveillance laws to force Internet communications service providers like Facebook, Google and Skype to build technical backdoors into their systems to enable government wiretapping.

"• First, at 10:00 AM EST on Capitol Hill, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled "Going Dark: Lawful Electronic Surveillance in the Face of New Technologies", where law enforcement representatives are expected to make their case for expanded Internet wiretapping capabilities.

"• Then, at 1:30 PST in San Francisco, EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch will argue in federal court for an end to the government's stalling on the release of documents about the government's Internet surveillance plan that EFF is seeking under the Freedom of Information Act."

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