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September 30, 2005

"Backdoor" Requirements

Quietly last week, the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) released a 59-page document outlining new rules forcing
broadband internet and voice-over-IP (VoIP) phone service providers
to open up their systems to federal, state and local law enforcement


Opponents of the proposed rules argue that the "backdoor"
requirements pose the opportunity for privacy rights violations and
will be prohibitively expensive for companies and the consumers they
will ultimately pass the cost along to. In addition, Internet phone
companies allege that the FCC rules are designed to prop up faltering
traditional telephone companies, which are losing ground in competition
with the relatively versatile and inexpensive VoIP services.

Yes, Big Brother is watching you. And he can now get in your back door whenever he wishes and he's going to make you pay for it.

via All Spin Zone