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Government to Request Online Communications Data

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 29, 2010

The Obama administration intends to ask congress next year for new regulations to make wiretapping the Internet easier, which, advocates say, poses a threat to online privacy. The proposal would require Internet companies to create easy ways for the government to monitor Internet communications, The New York Times reports, though the government would still need legal approval to intercept and decode encrypted messages. Major Internet companies have yet to comment on the plan. Lee Tien, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said there are "obvious civil liberty and privacy issues." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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