Feds want wiretap access for VoIP, broadband

FCC votes to apply wiretapping rules to some broadband network communications

Don't trust that DSL, Tony Soprano. The Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 today that broadband networks and Internet voice calls should be subject to federal wiretapping provisions. That will mean that cops can ask companies like Vonage to listen in on phone calls the same way they do with ordinary phone lines. The provisions won't apply to instant messaging or services that never actually use the public phone network, however.

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