FCC Order and Further Notice of Public Rulemaking on CALEA


On September 23, the Federal Communications Commission released an Order and Further Notice of Public Rule Making applying for the first time the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) to facilities-based broadband Internet access providers, including higher education institutions, K-12 schools, libraries, and interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers. The Order requires these entities to facilitate lawful requests for surveillance of specific communications on their data networks through a combination of new equipment, trained personnel, policies, and procedures, to be in place within 18 months of the filing of the ruling in the Federal Register.

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