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FBI to expand surveillance of web-based communication

updated 03:15 pm EST, Thu February 17, 2011

Bureau to monitor e-mail, social networks

The FBI is reportedly set to announce significant expansions to its surveillance efforts aimed at web-based communication. The bureau is expected to voice concerns over the inability to track certain types of correspondence, such as e-mail and social networking, that do not go through the standard wiretap channels of cellphones and landlines.

FBI general counsel Valeria Caproni will reportedly plea for new regulations that will enable the agency to surveil the latest types of web-based communication, including peer-to-peer technology, according to documents posted by CNET.

""Most [of] our interception challenges could be solved using existing technologies that can be deployed without re-designing the Internet and without exposing the provider's system to outside malicious activity," the prepared statement reads.

by MacNN Staff



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