FBI Soon to Be Watching Your Online Communications the Moment they Happen

A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Face­book and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort.

The FBI believes it does not have the capabilities it requires to tap and trace internet communications of potential terrorists, and is proposing to fine companies that fail to comply with wiretap orders. They believe that suspect’s activities can be missed as critical evidence.

The draft of the proposal states that a court can levy a series of escalating fines in firms that fail to comply with wiretap orders. Companies that do not comply with an order within a certain period would face an automatic judicial inquiry. After 90 days, fines that remain unpaid could lead to fines.

The proposal would not dictate how the wiretapping capability must built and leaves the development to the companies. Small companies are exempt from fine.

As I read this article and many other on CISPA and the previous SOPA bill have me curious as to the capabilities of the federal government when they have control of all the information pertaining to the nodes of the network and the direction in which the edges between them travel. The private companies have the capability to do that, but only for their services. What happens when both graphs overlap and a more detailed and defined graph is formed? The information that could be learned from this overlapping of graphs would critical to understanding the human network.

Yours Truly,