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Old 3rd February, 2010, 07:31 PM
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Police want backdoor to Web users' private data

Anyone with an e-mail account likely knows that police can peek inside it if they have a paper search warrant.

But cybercrime investigators are frustrated by the speed of traditional methods of faxing, mailing, or e-mailing companies these documents. They're pushing for the creation of a national Web interface linking police computers with those of Internet and e-mail providers so requests can be sent and received electronically.

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Eh, what?

I'm not even clear on the problem they are trying to address here. From the way the article is written, it seems to me like they already have the capability to do what they need.

Are they saying they want to require ISPs to provide some sort of secure interface to law enforcement agencies that would allow them access to the ISP's logs at any time?

Also, they note that Cox Communications has a posted rate of $3500 for a 30-day wiretap.

Come again? Maybe I've got the wrong idea here, but I thought it was everyone's responsibility to aid law enforcement, once it was determined that the request was legitimate. After all, if I get summoned for jury duty, while I get a small stipend it certainly isn't equivalent to my salary, nor do I have any say in the matter of what that stipend is; the state says "We'll pay you this much per day while you are on jury duty."
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Old 4th February, 2010, 12:32 PM
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If I understand this, they're basically saying it takes too long to email/fax a request across to another organisation? What they're asking for is a web interface that takes the same information. However, if that information still has to be examined by a company's legal department before the request can be granted, I'm not sure how that will speed anything up?
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