CNET también está disponible en español. Don't show this again. Congress passed CALEA in 1994, after law enforcement officials complained that digital technology undermined their ability to tap telephone lines. The bill was intended to give the FBI and other police agencies the same access to digital communications, that they already have to traditional phone lines. Yet the technological landscape has changed since Congress' action. Voice transmissions using Internet technologies have moved from hobbyists' basements and into the corporate mainstream. Companies like Qwest are building whole business strategies around Net-based telephony, while the amount of data traffic on public networks has soared.
The sticking point lies in the way that law enforcement gets its power to tap lines, and in the way that permission fails to translate into the world of the Internet, Many people associate a wiretap with a listening post able to overhear the entire content of a call, This type of tap requires a law enforcement agency to meet a fairly high standard of evidence, to show it needs access to a certain phone man&wood iphone x wooden case - sabbia line, But the vast majority of wiretaps fall into a category known as "tap and trace," in which phone companies give up information about a call's origin and destination without giving officials access to the actual call, This type of access is much easier for law enforcement officials to obtain, as they don't require evidence as strong as what is needed for standard wiretaps..
The "tap-and-trace" system doesn't carry over well to Net calls, which are broken down and transmitted in individual packets of information. Telephone company officials say it is impossible, at today's level of technology, for telephone carriers to hand over the header information in these packets--which would identify the call's origin and destination--without also handing over the actual content of the call itself. "For us it's impossible to do just the one thing," said Grant Seiffert, vice president of governmental relations for the Telecommunications IndustryAssociation. "Once you've opened the can of worms, the whole can stays open.".
The EFF, along with the man&wood iphone x wooden case - sabbia Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Electronic Privacy Information Center(EPIC), have lobbied the FCC hard to keep Net calls out of the wiretapping law for this reason, "The FBI is saying, 'Trust us, give us the whole message and we'll strip out the call content,'" Steinhardt said, "We just don't trust them.", For its part, the FBI says it needs access to the Net calls, or criminals will be able to hide in the telecommunications loophole, Officials have repeatedly said they will not violate court orders to look at the content of calls or data messages..
The argument doesn't sway civil liberties groups. "If it's not feasible, the telcos shouldn't have to hand the information over," Steinhardt said. "[The FBI] shouldn't be given access to information they're not entitled to.". Comments on the issue of tapping Net calls, as well as the rest of the FCC's digital wiretapping plan, are due December 14. Telephone companies are not required to comply with the CALEA provisions until June 30, 2000. Regulators struggle over a decision that could give the FBI new wiretap access to Internet voice calls, and possibly email.
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