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FBI forming specialized unit to cover electronic surveilance

updated 02:15 pm EDT, Wed May 23, 2012

DCAC in Quantico will allow FBI to increase Internet monitoring

The FBI is reportedly forming a unit to develop new technologies for electronic surveillance, enabling the agency to expand monitoring capabilities for VoIP, wireless signals, and the Internet. According to Cnet, the Domestic Communications Assistance Center, located in Quantico, VA, will serve to intercept Skype conversations and analyze data received from a social network or carrier.

An FBI job post with a deadline of May 2 asked applicants to demonstrate experience with various standards in electronic surveillance, including those used for cable modems, push-to-talk mobile phones and VoIP. Required skills include evaluating "electronic surveilance solutions" for new technologies.

The DCAC will rely on $54 million from the Senate, with the remit to "leverage the research and development efforts of federal state, and local law enforcement with respect to electronic surveillance capabilities," although it will not be responsible for the execution of related court orders, according to an FBI statement on Google+.

There were reports earlier this month that the FBI was meeting with Internet companies to promote legislation requiring surveillance backdoors for web-based services. The proposals, as an amendment to the existing Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, would push surveillance compatibility to the Internet instead of the telecommunications industry it already covers.




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