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January 28, 2006

FCC Rules on CALEA Internet Wiretaps Challenged

The FCC's rules on Internet wiretapping are being challenged in court by a coalition of Universities, Internet providers, libraries and advocacy groups.  The challenge is to the rules implemented under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) which require telephone companies to rewire their networks and switches to give police access to features that include touch tones pressed during a call, conference call information, call waiting data, among other information.

The FCC has applied these same requirements to broadband Internet access services and Internet phone services.  The brief argues that the law was never intended to apply to these entities and points to a provision in one of the House reports that makes that statement explicitly.

The story is here, here, and for background, here.

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