FBI Seeks Real-Time Facebook, Google Wiretaps

By on May 2, 2013

Should Facebook, Google and similar sites be forced to adapt their infrastructure so that the FBI and other law enforcement agencies can easily tap suspects’ communications in real time?

That’s the impetus behind new wiretap guidelines being drawn up by a government panel, according to the Washington Post.

The draft guidelines, championed by the FBI, would allow courts to impose escalating fines on any business that didn’t immediately comply with a court-ordered request for real-time communications interception, regardless of whether the Web service provider said such interception was technically feasible. Any business that fails to comply with the wiretap request could face fines that start at tens of thousands of dollars, then double daily after 90 days of noncompliance. The White House reportedly hasn’t yet signed off on the proposals.

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