Bad news for Internet freedom.
Just when Anonymous, the famous group of hackers, is breaking sites around the world for Internet freedom, the FBI prepares the countermoves against them.
The FBI wants legal backdoors in the principal services of the Internet like Facebook, Google or Skype according to the CNET report.
The principal purpose of the FBI is to be able to investigate about terroristic acts or cyber-attack trough these services.
The agency is concerned about what they call “Going Dark”, or losing the ability to intercept communication as technology expands.
As CNET’s Declan McCullagh reported Friday, “The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance.”
The issue, says the Bureau, is that “the dramatic shift in communication from the telephone system to the Internet has made it far more difficult for agents to wiretap Americans suspected of illegal activities”.
For McCullagh, the Secret Service would like to extend the Communications Assistance of the Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) of 1994, the law which allows them to intercept the communication for the government surveillance, but currently it covers telecommunications and just part of the Internet (VOIP and providers).
For the FBI all that is necessary because the traditional communication by phone is declining in favor of a communication trough TCP/IP technologies.
The FBI’s target are not just Social Networks, IM and Search Engines, but they would like to integrate also business of game as XBOX Live and cloud services.
On the contrary, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that the law CALEA could move away foreign investors who would move the “research and develop” of their products in other countries to avoid problems like this.
Also the EFF claims that this law could create an “hidden business” of products without backdoors.
Business, security, marketing ….. maybe they are getting too many hands on the user’s data!