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FBI Plans to Monitor Internet Chats in Real Time by 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to monitor everyone’s one-on-one Internet chats in real time by 2014, says the agency’s chief lawyer Andrew Weissman.

During an address last week at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., Weissman said the FBI hopes to be able to gain access to up-to-the-second feeds of private chats, reports

“The problem is where we are today. The way we communicate is really not limited to telephone nowadays and sort of the old fashioned picking up the phone and calling someone,” Weismann said.

“We don’t have 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. Other countries have that and I think most people who are not lawyers sort of assume that’s what you’re getting when you go to court,” said Weissman.

“The problem with not having [that ability in America] is that we’re making the ability to intercept communications with a court order increasingly obsolete,” Weissman added. “Those communications are being used for criminal conversations, by definition…and so this huge legal apparatus that many of you know about to prevent crimes, to prevent terrorist attacks is becoming increasingly hampered."

Weissman aid that the ability to obtain a court order that can track internet chats in real time “is a huge priority for the FBI," which plans to make a deal with internet companies such as Google to tap into their data to watch what’s happening live on the web.



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