The current order to extend CALEA to VoIP and broadband providers has been scrutinized by federal judges required to approve it. The FCC recently confirmed a previously issued a compliance order to VoIP and broadband providers saying that they were to be subject to the 1994 law that was designed to regulate wireless phones. Judges harshly criticized the proposed order to confirm and extend the wiretapping law.
In another reminder of the vulnerability of university networks, the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) over the weekend announced that someone had broken into a computer at its McCombs School of Business and gained access to a database containing confidential information on about 197,000 people.
PRIVATE investigator Chris Cooper wants unfettered access to your personal details but doesn't think you should have access to his. It's a paradox that bedevils much of the privacy debate - how much information should be available in a free society without trampling the rights of the individual?
"Society restricts information from those who investigate crimes while making other personal information more accessible to those who don't really need it," says Mr Cooper, who has written a book that helps people find such information.
Privacy advocates are raising concerns about Google Inc.'s plans to cover San Francisco with free wireless Internet access, calling the company's proposal to track users' locations a potential gold mine of information for law enforcement and private litigators.
The Mountain View search engine intends to use the geographic data to match users with advertising so that they would see marketing messages from neighborhood businesses such as pizza parlors, cafes and book stores.
In Europe, Big Brother is listening — and being allowed to hear more and more.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks and the terrorist bombings that followed in Madrid and London, authorities across the continent are getting more powers to electronically eavesdrop, and meeting less apparent opposition than
President Bush did over his post-9/11 wiretapping program.