The FBI wants backdoors enabling surveillance incorporate into email and social networking systems – and is asking Internet companies not to oppose it.
Modern Internet communication systems are much harder for the FBI to eavesdrop on than traditional telephone calls – especially if the communications are encrypted. It calls this the “Going Dark” problem, and says it can affect their ability to fight terrorism and organised crime.
Microsoft (owners of Skype and Hotmail), Google, Yahoo, and Facebook are all likely targets of the FBI’s proposals. It is possible that the proposals will also affect gaming systems such as the XBox, which allow Voice over IP (VoIP) communication.