FBI Wants More Power{5}

For this weeks post, I read an article by Sara Yin titled “Report: FBI Wants to Wiretap Facebook, Twitter, Google”. The article states that the FBI wants some legality to help them expand their surveillance capabilities to cover a good portion of the Internet. The FBI wants “…social networks, e-mail providers, and other peer-to-peer services to become “wiretap-friendly”…” (Yin, 2012). Some of these services include: Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Google, Apple iChat, AOL Instant Messenger, GMail Chat, and XBox Live’s in-game chat. The FBI wants to include these surveillence into their already established “Communications Assistant to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). CALEA was established in 1994, where cell phone operators and broadband network providers “…must have built in backdoors giving law enforcement agencies direct access to user data during warranted investigations. ” (Yin, 2012).

This relates to our class because, the FBI is pretty much asking for a key to access information from company databases to potentially monitor their users/clients. This also relates to our everyday life because the government wants to be able to wiretap and gather information from our instant messaging applications, and a lot of information that the general public believes to be private information. We need to really start raising awareness in our communities, especially in the younger generations, that their is little to no privacy on the Internet. A lot of elementary schoolers are already catching onto Facebook, and Twitter, and they might think that selecting the option to make their information “private” or “to friends only”, if someone wants their information bad enough, they can get it.

But I believe that this issue with privacy vs. security will eventually die down after the FBI get’s legal backdoor access to user information from companies. Just like how people didn’t like their phones being tapped, we will eventually get over it and go on with our lives. I really doubt that in the long run that we will have a majority of people still having ill-feelings towards this issue.



Yin, S. (2012, May 5). Report: FBI Wants to Wiretap Facebook, Twitter, Google . Retrieved May 6, 2012, from http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/297521-report-fbi-wants-to-wiretap-facebook-twitter-google