Wednesday, September 28, 2005

This is going too far...

In a worrying move, the US FCC has released a policy document with some seriously worrying detail.
FBI to get veto power over PC software?

The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves.

No, really. In an obscure "policy" document released around 9 p.m. ET last Friday, the FCC announced this remarkable decision.

According to the three-page document, to preserve the openness that characterizes today's Internet, "consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement." Read the last seven words again.

As was confirmed by an FCC spokesman application like Skype and PGPfone because there is no way for law enforcement to set up a 'wiretap' on those telephony products.

Going by what Little Johnny and his Conga Line have been up to lately, I suppose it won't be long until these rules come into effect here as a way to fight the 'war on terror'.

FBI to get veto power over PC software? | CNET News.com

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