October 26, 2005 | By Rebecca Jeschke

Plan for Internet "Backdoors" Draws Coordinated Attack

The FCC's new tech mandate requiring Internet backdoors exceeds the FCC's authority, is arbitrary, capricious, unsupported by the evidence, and is contrary to law, and EFF and six other groups have teamed up to stop it.

The coalition has petitioned an appeals court to review the FCC ruling that would expand the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) to broadband ISPs and VoIP providers, forcing them to build insecure backdoors into their networks. Law enforcement says it needs the backdoors because, they argue, it's just too hard for them to intercept all the communications that they need. But that kind of easy access will also endanger the privacy of innocent people, stifle innovation, and risk the Internet as a forum for free and open expression.

EFF has already argued against this expansion of CALEA in several rounds of comments to the FCC, and we'll be there every step of the way during the court battle.


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