Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Boing Boing: Bush signs wiretapping expansion law, permanent backdoors possible

Boing Boing: Bush signs wiretapping expansion law, permanent backdoors possible

The new wiretapping law i posted about earlier this week has been pushed throguh congress, and signed by bush. asshole...

Ryan Singel from Wired Said:
Prior to the law's passage, the nation's spy agencies, such as the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency, didn't need any court approval to spy on foreigners so long as the wiretaps were outside the United States.

Now, those agencies are free to order services like Skype, cell phone companies and arguably even search engines to comply with secret spy orders to create back doors in domestic communication networks for the nation's spooks. While it's unclear whether the wiretapping can be used for domestic purposes, the law only requires that the programs that give rise to such orders have a "significant purpose" of foreign intelligence gathering.