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Google's unwitting Wi-Fi spying not exempt under Wiretap Act

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.

By Sep. 10, 2013


NSA docs boast: Now we can wiretap Skype video calls

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.

By Jul. 11, 2013


FBI 'looking at' law making Web sites wiretap-ready, director says

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.

By May. 18, 2012


FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now

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.

By May. 4, 2012


Obama unseals Bush-era wiretap memos

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.

By Mar. 3, 2009


Skype: We can't comply with police wiretap requests

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.

By Jun. 9, 2008


DEA agent caught twisting facts in wiretap request

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.

By Mar. 18, 2008


Supreme Court rejects domestic wiretap appeal

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.

By Feb. 19, 2008


Congress approves brief extension of wiretap law

Vote puts off decision on whether to immunize telephone and Internet companies from lawsuits alleging illegal wiretapping.

By Jan. 29, 2008


Upcoming Senate vote may shield wiretap collaborators

The original version of this story incorrectly stated the vote count. It was 76-10.

By Dec. 17, 2007