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U.S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet (New York Times)

Sep 28, 2010, 16:32 (1 Talkback[s])

"The New York Times reports on a bill (proposed law) that the Obama administration plans to submit to Congress that would require communication providers be able to decrypt and provide the data they carry on demand, presumably after a court order. "Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct "peer to peer" messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages." As one might guess, the EFF is particularly worried about the bill: "The crypto wars are back in full force, and it's time for everyone who cares about privacy to stand up and defend it: no back doors and no bans on the tools that protect our communications."h

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