FBI Seeks to Expand Wiretapping Statute
In 1994, Congress passed the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which required phone and broadband providers to immediately comply when presented with a court wiretapping order. The FBI now wants to extend the Act to cover internet companies as well. In furtherance of this decision FBI Director Robert Mueller traveled to Silicon Valley earlier this week to meet with top
industry companies such as Google and Facebook. The FBI reasons that as more and more people communicate online, the Act should naturally be extended, but critics say that the regulations might hamper innovation in one of American's most robust growth sectors.
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