My dear Twitter friend Gr8RDH and I saw this bit of news this morning, and our blood pressure readings went up in tandem:
Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.
The argument about keeping us safe vs. chipping away at our liberties rears its ugly head again.
What exactly would these regulations entail?
Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.
Cringe Factor: Worrisome.
Glenn Greenwald has more.