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Feds Seek Broader Internet Eavesdropping Rights


Obama Admin Wants Congress to Force All Online Services to be Wiretap-Able, Including Social Networks

(CBS/AP) Updated 11:31 a.m. ET

Broad new regulations being drafted by the Obama administration would make it easier for law enforcement and national security officials to eavesdrop on Internet and e-mail communications like social networking Web sites and BlackBerries, The New York Times reported Monday.

The newspaper said the White House plans to submit a bill next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically equipped to comply with a wiretap order. That would include providers of encrypted e-mail, such as BlackBerry, networking sites like Facebook and direct communication services like Skype.

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