Monday, August 23, 2004
Paying extra to be spied on
INTERNET CALLS SUBJECT TO SURVEILLANCE
Add Internet phone calls to the list of things that were too good to be true for very long. The Federal Communications Commission has decided that Internet-based phone services should be just as accessible as conventional phone calls for wiretapping for national security and law enforcement purposes.
Loss of privacy might not be the only outcome. Under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, the costs of surveillance are to be borne by service providers, and those costs could be passed on to consumers. [emphasis added]