Secure Communications

FBI’s $500 Million Wiretap Retrofitting Fund Empty

A 1994 law known as the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act or CALEA requires all telephone switches installed after 1995 to comply with detailed wiretapping rules, and Congress set aside a half billion dollars for the FBI to dole out to help carriers make older landline switches compliant.

Cell phone switches, however, are all compliant and nearly all FBI surveillance targets cell phones and pagers. In 2005, the feds got some 1800 criminal wiretap court orders, along with nearly 2,200 court orders for anti-terrorism and foreign intelligence wiretaps.

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May 18, 2008 - Posted by | cellular phone, eavesdrop, English, mobile, phone tap, surveillance, tap, technology, wireless, wiretap

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