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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Facebook users on May 23 filed an amended consolidated class action complaint in federal court here in the case In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation (No. 5:12-md-02314-EJD, N.D. Calif. [San Jose]). The class action asserts federal statutory and California State causes of action related to the revelation in September 2011 that Facebook was improperly tracking the Internet use of its members even after they logged out of their accounts. A May 17 filing consolidated 21 related cases filed in more than a dozen states in 2011 and early 2012.
The FBI still claims it is going dark and its monitoring abilities could be rendered ineffective without surveillance backdoors built into communications, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. In fact, the feds plowed ahead with their plans that date back to at least 2008 by forming a new electronic communications surveillance unit to be housed in the National Domestic Communications Assistance Center (NDCAC) in Quantico. "Congress included $8,244,000 and 13 positions for the FBI to establish and operate a NDCAC," the FBI reported . But the expansion of eavesdropping capabilities concerns all of us, including people who use VPNs for privacy or security, or both.
<img src="http://timeopinions.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/600_id_facebook_0528.jpg?w=480&h=320&crop=1" alt="600_id_facebook_0528" title="600_id_facebook_0528"/> We may all be getting a new Facebook friend soon: the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI wants to shift its wiretapping from old-school telephone lines to person-to-person platforms like email and instant messaging and even social media like Facebook. To help it make the switch, the FBI is asking Congress to require tech companies to rewrite their software so it has a “back door” that the FBI can use to listen in. It is all part of an initiative known as “Going Dark.”
We have discussed several times regarding the intention of the FBI to create a special unit for internet monitoring and surveillance, a task force established to prevent and fight cyber crimes .In reality the Bureau already has different internal units that work with the same purpose and in the last years has promoted different projects for the development of tools and applications for the web monitoring. The FBI has recently created a secret surveillance unit to project and develop technologic tools and software for Internet and wireless communications monitoring. FBI is considered one of the most active agencies in this sense, in the last months it has publicly requested the design of a real time monitor for social networks that have to be able to identify suspect behaviors that could be interpreted as indicator of presence for an ongoing crime.
The U.S. Supreme Court should hear argument in a case central to the law that allows spying on U.S. citizens without a warrant in the name of counter-terrorism, just as a partisan Congress decides whether to renew the law later this year. WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- The U.S.
"There's nothing wrong with asserting your privacy. Privacy is as apple-pie as the Constitution," wrote Philip Zimmerman in 1991, the creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), the most widely used email encryption software in the world. Pembroke Pines, Fl (PRWEB) May 15, 2012
Pinellas Park, FL -- ( SBWIRE ) -- 05/04/2012 -- Wiretaps and bugs aren’t just something seen in the movies any more. With advances in technology, people and businesses are using these devices to listen in on phone conversations for a variety of reasons, including learning business secrets and attempting to catch a cheating spouse or significant other. Bugged.com boasts itself as the first and oldest Internet store that sells products for bug and wiretap detection, as well as offering technical counter surveillance measures, or TCSM. If a company or individual believes they may be dealing with wiretapping or bug issues, Bugged.com offers nationwide services to help detect these issues before they become a problem. In fact, they have found more bugs and wiretaps than any other company around the world that specializes in this area. That is an incredible accomplishment!
The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to make Facebook and other social networks easier to use for spying on suspected criminals — and it wants access ASAP. High-ranking FBI officials and other government representatives have been meeting with Internet industry leaders to ask them not to oppose a proposed law that would give federal agencies backdoor access to social networking sites, CNET reports. The FBI’s argument? As communication has shifted more and more online, previous laws allowing wiretaps on phone lines are becoming less and less useful. FBI lawyers have reportedly drafted a proposal that if passed into law would require social networking sites to rework their code for easier surveillance. It would also apply to instant messaging, VoIP and email providers that exceed a certain number of users.
The FBI is pushing a plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and e-mail providers. The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a laws designed to make it easier to do so. FBI officials claim that the Internet has made it more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities. The FBI has drafted a proposed law that require these alter their code to ensure their products are wiretap-friendly.
The push to make the internet a controlled space used to spy on citizens, where supposedly “private” information is automatically shared with authorities, might soon reach another threshold. A new report suggests that the FBI is currently discussing with major internet companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo and Google to build backdoor accesses to their services to facilitate government surveillance. The FBI is also attempting to convince these companies to support an upcoming law that would allow the outright spying of social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers.
The FBI wants legislation that would require Internet companies to build backdoors into their communication technologies that would allow government surveillance, CNET reports. White House, Senate and FBI representatives held a meeting discussing technological shifts in communication that make it difficult for investigators to conduct wiretapping and other “going dark” surveillance practices. Proposed legislation would require social networking sites, instant messaging, voice-over Internet Protocol and email services to redesign their code in order to be more wiretap-friendly, the report said. An amended Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act would include Web companies in addition to broadband networks and telecommunications providers, which are already included under CALEA.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has proposed an amendment to existing law that would require social networking sites, VoIPs, instant messaging and e-mail providers to alter their code to make their products accessible to wiretapping, CNET News reports. The proposal would amend the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which currently covers telecommunications and broadband companies. Senior FBI officials argue that Internet communications are making it more difficult for agents to wiretap suspects, the report states. An industry representative familiar with the proposal said, "If you create a service, product or app that allows a user to communicate, you get the privilege of adding that extra coding." Full Story <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to make Facebook and other social networks easier to use for spying on suspected criminals — and it wants access ASAP. High-ranking FBI officials and other government representatives have been meeting with Internet industry leaders to ask them not to oppose a proposed law that would give federal agencies backdoor access to social networking sites, CNET reports. The FBI ’s argument? As communication has shifted more and more online, previous laws allowing wiretaps on phone lines are becoming less and less useful.
The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance. That's according to a story being reported by CNET, a technology news website. FBI officials said the communication from the telephone system to the Internet has made it far more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities, according to CNET. The FBI general counsel's office has drafted a proposed law that the bureau claims is the best solution: requiring that social-networking Web sites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging, and Web e-mail alter their code to ensure their products are wiretap-friendly.
This article has nothing to do with genealogy. However, I do believe every American should read this, or similar, articles. I admit to being a bit of a privacy nut, but this proposal really bothers me. What do you think?