Who ever dreamed that Facebook would come to this? Congress will make it easier for law enforcers to tap into Facebook, Google, Twitter, Skype and other encrypted Web communications services.
The Obama administration is pushing for the change, arguing that the move will simply put Web services on par with phone calls and other communications that can be tapped into with a court order. It may take a year or two to implement.
Security experts have concerns, though. They point out that cyber criminals will surely try to take advantage of avenues to circumvent encryption systems, and repressive governments could use them to spy on their political opponents.
Streaming copyrighted material over the Web won’t be upgraded to a felony from a civil infraction, as proposed by Obama’s copyright enforcer, Victoria Espinel. The stiffer penalty is endorsed by the motion picture and music industry, but the enforcement could be a nightmare.
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