White House expected to back surveillance expansion
(NEWSER) – In a shift expected to spark a major debate on Internet freedom, the White House is leaning toward granting the FBI's wish to make it easier to eavesdrop on online communications, insiders tell the New York Times. The FBI, which argues that advances in technology are causing its ability to monitor suspects to "go dark," has proposed an overhaul of surveillance laws that includes heavy fines for Internet companies that fail to comply with wiretap orders. Foreign companies doing business in the US would also be required to comply with orders or face fines starting at $25,000 per day.
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