Undisclosed Location, South America (PRWEB) May 28, 2012
As copyright protections and privacy issues wreck into each other in the US lawmaking assembly, the FBI is requesting that the CALEA, (the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994,) be altered to require that internet providers, such as Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook, provide law enforcement officials a back door to facilitate suspect monitoring. According to sources, it is “presumed” that warrant and other constitutional rights would still apply, but the CEO of VPNReviewz, Michael Maxstead says, “Similar powers have been abused by the very same agency in the past, who’s to say it won’t happen again?”
CNet reports that the FBI doesn’t think of this maneuver as an expansion of their already extensive power, just an extension of the powers that are already there. But after the intensity of protest over the SOPA and PIPA legislation, companies are hesitant to work with the authorities on this. They fear the loss of customers as they flee from the services that are cooperating with such rules. And officials stumping for the new rules do admit that what is good today is often worthless tomorrow. Cell phones, land lines, and many other communications devices are already on the list of “Easy to monitor” mediums, but things like Facebook chat, Twitter, and Google chat are much more difficult to monitor, and when suspects “Go Dark” monitoring agents are ineffective. The agency argues that without these back doors the entire agency could be rendered ineffective. Mr. Maxstead said, “And for this reason Constitutional rights to individual privacy, take a back seat to national security…haven’t we been warned of this?”
VPNReviewz reports that warrants would still be required for the agents to be allowed to use the “Back Door” systems, but Michael Maxstead advocates that the FBI has had problems with this kind of power in the past. He said, “The National Security Letters they (the FBI) were allowed served to prove to America how corrupt a single agency could become in such a short time. Do we really want to risk this kind of abuse again? And this is on a much larger scale.” And, more than a few internet provider companies are watching the FBI’s next move on this closely. Apple has been reported to be lobbying, but that Microsoft, is only watching closely for now. Google, and Yahoo!, and Facebook have yet to comment on the issue.
In the end, all this posturing isn’t really necessary. There have been rumors surrounding the FCC’s stance on the subject, and it has been opined that they may consider an FCC rule that would require makers of any kind of video or voice chat provide a law enforcement “Back Door.” Congress isn’t required for this measure to happen, and this would include Xbox, Google hangouts, and Skype. It has been noted that there has been an upturn in the number of cases where addressing the “Going Dark” became an issue.
“In spite of what the American public has displayed that they want, their leaders and authority figures continue to ignore them,” is what Maxstead proclaims. His advice to people that want to keep their privacy un-infringed on by government agents is to get the best Virtual Private Networking service affordable. “Soon,” he says, “the government will know more about us than we know about ourselves…”
Michael Maxstead tests, analyzes, and reviews top VPN providers available on the internet today. Publishing from an undisclosed location somewhere in South America he rates online VPN service providers and manages the website VPNReviewz.com