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Online monitoring scheme bad news for security, opponents say

Antone Gonsalves | May 2, 2013
While such backdoors would help U.S. law enforcement, it would also provide a new vector for state-sponsored hackers

"The importance to us is pretty clear," Weissmann said. "What we don't have is the ability to go to court and say, 'We need a court order that actually requires the recipient of that order to effectuate the intercept.'"

Weissmann argued that other countries provide law enforcement with the legal tools to tap into online communications and that most non-lawyers would expect the same in this country, when police meet the high standards set for obtaining a court wiretapping order.


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