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FC: FBI to IETF: It's time for Internet wiretapping stan

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Net Wiretapping: Yes or No? by Declan McCullagh (

10:30 a.m. 13.Oct.99.PDT The FBI says the Internet's standards body should craft technology to facilitate lawful government surveillance.

A spokesman said Wednesday that the bureau supported the Internet Engineering Task Force's recent decision to debate whether the ability to wiretap should be part of future Internet standards. "We think it's a wise and prudent move," said Barry Smith, supervisory special agent in the FBI's Digital Telephony and Encryption policy unit.

"If court-authorized wiretaps are frustrated, effective law enforcement is jeopardized, public safety is jeopardized, and policymakers are going to have to figure out how to rectify the problem."


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