Secure Communications

Wiretapping Woes (Spectrum Online)

By Sandra UpsonTrouble ahead for those wanting to monitor Internet-based calls

The telecommunications world was a much simpler place in 1994, when the U.S. Congress passed a landmark wiretapping law. At the time, the statute was meant to take advantage of the new fact that instead of doing wiretaps the old-fashioned way-by walking into a local phone company office with a warrant and some alligator clips-law enforcement officers now could conduct a wiretap centrally on a carrier’s network by duplicating a phone call digitally and directing the copy to police headquarters.

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May 15, 2007 - Posted by | eavesdrop, encryption, English, illegal, phone tap, privacy, security, surveillance, tap, technology, wiretap

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