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Re: Fridays are always good for shock headlines...

  • From: Fergie
  • Date: Sat Jul 08 00:20:37 2006

Well, the thing that really got my attention was "...forcing
equipment manaufacturers.." -- which is somewhat of a broad brush-

Having said that, this has been discussed ad nauseum, has had the
FCC rule on it, etc., and has -- at first blush-- seen U.S. courts
support it.

But the Internet is _not_ the U.S., and contrary to LEA and
U.S. agency opinion, does not require everyone on the planet
to comply.

This presents a bunch of problems -- and submitting to
arbitrary logic along the lines of (paraphrased) "Well,
what's the problem?" doesn't even come close to illustrating
that the problem is understood.

That's the only point I was trying (and probably unsuccessfuly)
to make. :-)

And this:

We work in a world where we're trying to keep bits flowing between
various points in the Internet, and compliance to a basic set of
accepted standards seems to be an environment which is becoming more
and more clouded by "foo" -- where "foo" is your various garden
variety scare tactic of the day.

What a mess.

- ferg

-- Gadi Evron <[email protected]> wrote:


> The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet
> service providers to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance
> and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for
> eavesdropping, CNET has learned. 


Potential abuse means a lot of things, and it certainly dictates prudence 
and vigilence by citizens and the Gov. That said, I think this may really 
be a win-win for both the LEO's and the ISP's.

Than again, if an ISP is approached once every 20 years, I hope the FBI
will be covering the costs. Someone always says they do?



"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
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