One would think, with the overwhelming response the rallied around the SOPA and PIPA legislation, that those behind the legislation would have received a message: You can’t watch us, not even on the internet. But not only did the powers that be step up the pace on potentially invasive legislation, they have also started using other political means to gain their desires. VPNReviewz reports that Even though the RIAA has cut a deal with many ISP’s, and now CISPA has passed the House, the FBI isn’t happy with the access they will be getting.
What The FBI Wants
CALEA, or the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994, is the latest target of the FBI. They are requesting amendments to the regulation that would require that internet providers build “Back Door” access to their platforms to allow easier access for surveillance. According to the FBI, warrants would be required, and no Constitutional rights would be stepped on, but of the companies concerned, only Apple is lobbying for the amendments, while Microsoft is remaining on the fence. Up to this point, Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook have yet to answer requests for statements.
National Security Letters - Remember Those
VPNReviewz CEO had this to say about the latest attempt the FBI is making, “The NSA letters they (the FBI,) were allowed served to prove to America how corrupt a single agency could become in such a short time. Do we really want to risk this kind of abuse again? And this is on a much larger scale.” His website asserts that the only way an American (or anyone,) is guaranteed total privacy on the internet is through the use of a Virtual Private Network, VPN. Using these private tunnels a person can be guaranteed some measure of privacy as decrypting the stream could feasibly take months for even the government’s super-computers.
Much Ado About Nothing
According to sources, the FCC has entertained the thought of a new rule for the CALEA that would require the likes of Google, Facebook, and Yahoo! to provide back doors for surveillance activities. The really sad part of this is that Congressional intervention isn’t required for this. In all, according to the FCC’s previous statements, anything with video or voice chatting capabilities would be required to have the doors built in. One spokesperson for the FCC claimed that the number of cases of “Going Dark” has been on the rise, and the “Back Door” would ease the jobs of everyone concerned.
Persistent, Aren't They
So far, it has been that once one measure or action is defeated, and ultimately discarded by our government, they will find another medium to get their goals. SOPA and PIPA stood on their own, and CISPA is managing to muddle through under the auspices of national security, the RIAA is doing dirty back room deals with the ISP’s…now the FBI says they won’t abuse their power, if it is given to them. Haven’t we heard all these stories before? VPNReviewz CEO siad, "Do we really want to trust them that far when they've already proved they can't be trusted?"