May 9th, 2006 § 0 comments

Because I mentioned a related matter here yesterday, I thought I should link to this:
Networking Pipeline: Judge Chides FCC For CALEA Expansion

The expansion of CALEA for this purpose is patently ridiculous. According to conversations with my coworkers, at least one of whom is extremely knowledgeable about CALEA, the expansive interpretation of the statute sought by the FCC would require all intranet communications to be “tappable”. But, wait, there’s more! Not only does the FCC want all communications to be available to law enforcement on a whim (which, while requiring a large amount of network redesign, is technologically possible), they would like an individual person’s communications to be “tracked”. That is, the wiretap would follow the user from computer to computer. There is no technical way to accomplish this, though of course, the 800-pound gorilla of the corporate IT security world, VeriSign, thinks it is. Yeah, right.

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