Politics 80X: Politics of the Internet

WIRETAPPING

What Wiretap Policy Will the United States Adopt?

On 13 September 1998 the Federal Communications Commission granted the US telecommunications industry an extension until 30 June 2000 [The New York Times, 14 September 1998]

"to install the software and hardware necessary for court-authorized wiretaps of modern digital and wireless communications networks.

"The extension, which grants a reprieve of an additional 20 months, leaves unresolved some questions raised by industry executives and privacy experts who argued that the Federal Bureau of Invesigation was using the law both to expand its wiretapping power and to add new capabilities like the ability to track the location of cellular telephone users and intercept Internet traffic."

NOTE that there is an accompanying full article.