2005/12/06

Law enforcement gets to veto your software.

I saw something about this FCC ruling in early October but forgot to blog about it until seeing this article on Bruce Schneier's blog.

Bluntly stated, you get to run the software or use the services you want, "subject to the needs of law enforcement". That's right campers, with no legislative or judicial oversight, the executive has achieved for the FBI what they could not achieve in the mid-90's when they tried to mandate back-doors in communication and encryption products. Want to use Skype with encryption or maybe PGPfone? Not unless the FBI approves and can tap it, a position that was actually confirmed by an FCC spokesperson back in September.

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This has merely thrown down a gauntlet in front of the independent programming community to create a freeware encrypted VOIP client.

It will happen. I give it eight months, TOPS. And there's not a fucking thing the FCC or FBI can do about it.
Agreed, but don't think the issue is whether or not a freeware, secure VoIP client is on the way, but how the Feds will use this new tool. It's the Bush administration, right? Maybe they'll mandate that everyone use secure VoIP made by Halliburton.

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