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FBI Pressures Internet Providers To Install Eavesdropping Surveillance Software
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Quote:The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies’ internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.

FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI’s legal position during these discussions is that the software’s real-time interception of metadata is authorized under the Patriot Act.

Attempts by the FBI to install what it internally refers to as “port reader” software, which have not been previously disclosed, were described to CNET in interviews over the last few weeks. One former government official said the software used to be known internally as the “harvesting program.”

Carriers are “extra-cautious” and are resisting installation of the FBI’s port reader software, an industry participant in the discussions said, in part because of the privacy and security risks of unknown surveillance technology operating on an sensitive internal network.

It’s “an interception device by definition,” said the industry participant, who spoke on condition of anonymity because court proceedings are sealed. “If magistrates knew more, they would approve less.” It’s unclear whether any carriers have installed port readers, and at least one is actively opposing the installation.

In a statement from a spokesman, the FBI said it has the legal authority to use alternate methods to collect Internet metadata, including source and destination IP addresses: “In circumstances where a provider is unable to comply with a court order utilizing its own technical solution(s), law enforcement may offer to provide technical assistance to meet the obligation of the court order.”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-575967...&tag=title
It's the "BILL OF RIGHTS" not the bill of "needs"
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What I want to know is how does the captured data get sent to the government? Over the carriers lines at their expense which of course turns into our expense as the customer? Or is the government running its own fiber into every carrier at our expense?
The law? The law is a human institution...
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csmith;113669 Wrote:What I want to know is how does the captured data get sent to the government? Over the carriers lines at their expense which of course turns into our expense as the customer? Or is the government running its own fiber into every carrier at our expense?

Isn't everything the government does at the tax payer's expense?
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