Three years later, the search giant is still battling a class action lawsuit claiming its Street View cars illegally captured usernames, passwords, and other payload data.
In 2008, Skype told CNET the service could not be wiretapped. Microsoft no longer stands by that claim, and a National Security Agency document shows analysts can eavesdrop on video calls.
Director Robert Mueller says FBI needs to be able to "capture communications" of people under surveillance, but declines to elaborate on renewed lobbying effort reported by CNET two weeks ago.
CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors mandatory.
Memos released this week show the Bush administration secretly concluded that it had the power to wiretap the Internet and telephone calls with virtually no limitations.
The eBay-owned company says, in response to a News.com survey, that because of its peer-to-peer architecture and encryption, "Skype would not be able to comply" with wiretapping orders from police.
A federal judge rebukes a Drug Enforcement Administration agent for selective editing in a wiretap request that claimed a conversation about chrome wheels was code for drugs.
High court declines to take up appeal of an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit accusing the National Security Agency of illegal spying on millions of Americans.
Vote puts off decision on whether to immunize telephone and Internet companies from lawsuits alleging illegal wiretapping.
The original version of this story incorrectly stated the vote count. It was 76-10.