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Title: Problem for Law Enforcement: Digital Telephony
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:41  Issue:2  Dated:(February 1993)  Pages:25-29
Author(s): H Rachlin
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 5
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Advances in telecommunications have complicated law enforcement's battle against the criminal use of technology. Specifically, the current design configurations of digital telecommunications systems prevent police from conducting a wiretap.
Abstract: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is promoting Federal legislation that would require providers of wire and electronic communications to continue designing systems that allow police access to specific communications in order to carry out court-ordered wiretaps. Law enforcement officials can cite numerous cases in which digital telephony has been used in criminal enterprises including kidnapping, organized crime, drug trafficking, extortion, and domestic terrorism. The proposed legislation is based on a document outlining technical requirements for police to do wiretaps that was prepared in cooperation with Federal, State, and local members of the National Technical Investigators Association. The proposal has been endorsed by several professional law enforcement organizations. However, some telecommunications companies argue that this type of legislation would be onerous on the service providers, citing economic hardship and a "chilling" effect on the introduction of new technologies.
Main Term(s): Electronic surveillance; Telecommunications equipment
Index Term(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Legislation
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