What does CALEA have to do with the FBI & NSA?

The Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) has recently been thrown into the national spotlight. With Eric Snowden exposing NSA secrets and the FBI submitting a controversial surveillance court order to Verizon, Americans are beginning to question the security of their communications.

A Government document labeled Top Secret was recently made public and includes language like "continue production [of records] on an ongoing daily basis thereafter for the duration of this Order, unless otherwise ordered by the Court… no person shall disclose to any other person that the FBI or NSA has sought or obtained tangible things under this Order…"

Some Communication Service Providers (CSPs) may feel helpless or may not know how to respond to a request like this from the FBI.  Authorized communications surveillance is essential to Law Enforcement and has been available since 1994 when CALEA was enacted by Congress. The problem with surveillance is that the technologies being used to communicate are constantly changing. Legacy CALEA equipment has quickly become outdated. With digital communications like VoIP and non-telco communication providers like Google, Congress is constantly struggling to keep CALEA laws relevant and CSPs are struggling to maintain CALEA compliance.

Third parties offer a simple solution to maintain CALEA compliance and reduce liability by the Communication Service Provider. By utilizing a third-party service, CSPs put the responsibility of responding to court orders on the third party.

Learn more about third-party CALEA service and download the Top Secret Court Order from the FBI here.

Written by Kevin Kutcher at 13:00

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