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Date: 1998-12-21

CALEA: Milliarden fuer den Lauschangriff

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Was sich lauschwütige Eurocops unter dem Titel ENFOPOL wünschen,
heisst für die US-Behörden CALEA: Interfaces für den flächendeckenden
Lauschangriff auf die mobile Telephonie. Die geschätzten Kosten
betragen fünf bis zehn Milliarden Dollar, als Zahlmeister sind
selbverständlich die Kunden vorgesehen.

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George Leopold
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently reviewing
implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement
Act (Calea) to clarify technical requirements. Wireless
telecommunications and privacy groups have told the Commission the FBI
is exceeding congressional authority by seeking greater surveillance
capabilities under Calea.
"The issue before [the FCC] is whether law enforcement will be able to
use Calea as a back-door means to expand existing wiretap capabilities
and whether consumers in their monthly bills will shoulder the
multibillion dollar costs of that expansion," Thomas Wheeler,
president of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association,
The group estimated that expanded wiretapping capabilities sought by
the FBI would shift the $5 billion to $10 billion cost of implementing
the added surveillance features to consumers.

Wheeler said the FBI has refused to release cost data on implementing
Calea. Nevertheless, he predicted the cost of the wiretap law will be
10 to 20 times more than the Congress authorized to be spent.
In comments to the FCC on the Calea review, the Telecommunications
Industry Association (TIA; Arlington, Va.) said it backed the agency's
decision to limit its review of the standard to 11 specific
modifications proposed by the FBI and the Center for Democracy and
Technology, a Washington-based privacy group. The group views the
standard as providing law enforcement with too much information while
the FBI views it as providing too little.
The digital wiretap law, enacted by Congress in 1994, is designed to
allow law-enforcement agencies to continue to conduct electronic
surveillance in the wake of rapid advances in telecommunications
technology. Calea requires telecommunications carriers to ensure their
equipment, facilities and services will meet the assistance-capability
requirements specified under the law.

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