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CALEA II: Risks of Wiretap Modifications to Endpoints

Authors: None Identified

Published: May 2013

URL: https://cdt.org/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/CALEAII-techreport.pdf

Tags: 2010s CALEA II Wiretap

Abstract: The U.S. government is proposing to expand wiretap design laws broadly to Internet services, including voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services and other peerto-peer tools that allow communications in real-time directly between individuals. This report explains how mandating wiretap capabilities in endpoints poses serious security risks. Requiring software vendors to build intercept functionality into their products is unwise and will be ineffective, with the result being serious consequences for the economic well-being and national security of the United States.