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Internet Calls Subject To Phone Tapping

July 18, 2007

Companies that provide Internet phone service have just six days to meet a deadline from the Justice Department. By next Monday, they'll have to make their systems easier to tap. That's right -- make it easier to secretly listen in on your phone calls, or face daily fines of $10,000 dollars...

But the law seemed to exempt phone calls made over the Internet.

Lee Tien, Electronic Frontier Foundation: "At least that's what most people thought."

Not the FBI or Justice Department. In 2004, they convinced the FCC to expand the law to cover Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP calls.

Lee Tien: "Every privacy group was against it because we thought there were major problems there, but we lost."

Saturday, May 27, 2017
ABC 7 News (San Francisco)
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