Big Brother Trains His Big Ears On Electronic Networks

To bug your telephone, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Dept. must obtain a court order. But the rules will be much more lenient for eavesdropping mn electronic networks, such as the Internet, CompuServe, and America Online. Government agents will only be required to demonstrate that a person merits investigation. At least that's what the Administration will propose in a measure soon to be introduced on Capitol Hill. The proposal would also require that all network providers build in the capability to record any person's messages and deliver them to federal law-enforcement authorities.

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