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Topic in Depth - Electronic Surveillance (7)

Government groups and corporations have used electronic surveillance technologies for many years. Since September 11, 2001, the topic has drawn attention from people both supporting and opposing the development of more advanced and wide-reaching surveillance practices.


 
Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act: AskCALEA
 
The FBI maintains this site that explains the purposes and ramifications of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). In addition to discussing the telecommunication industry's role in supporting the act, the site defines electronic surveillance and offers several documents regarding associated...

 
Wiretap / ECPA
 
An excellent source for government surveillance information comes from the Center for Democracy and Technology. The material includes an overview of wiretapping and details about government interceptions of Internet communications.

 
Information Leakage from Optical EmanationsPDF
 
In this technical paper published in August 2002, researchers show that optical emanations from telecommunications devices can be monitored remotely. Light emitting diodes, often used as indicators in modems and other data transfer equipment, flash in distinct patterns that could compromise otherwise secure data...

 
Secure Phones No Obstacle to Wiretapping - US Govt
 
A news story from May 16, 2003 highlights a US Government report stating that secure telephones can be wiretapped nearly as easily as standard phones. The article is accompanied by links to the original report and an essay on security.

 
Workplace Privacy - An OxymoronPDF
 
Companies often monitor employee computer and email activity. A law professor from Bentley College writes about workplace privacy in an essay from 2003. Citing a number of hypothetical examples, the author weighs the employees' rights versus those of the company.

 
Feds Look to Expand Electronic Surveillance
 
An article by Kyle Stock from PC World reports that the U.S. Government is seeking to increase its surveillance of email and Web usage. The proposal is opposed by consumer rights and privacy advocates. The article includes a link to the 120-page draft of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, authored by the...

 
i-SEE
 
This site focuses on the increasing numbers of surveillance cameras in New York City. i-SEE, from the Institute for Applied Autonomy, contains an interactive map of New York with which users can map routes through the city. Users click on their starting point and destination, and i-SEE will generate a route for them...


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