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Federal internet wiretapping rule challenged

[JURIST] A recent Federal Communications Commission [official website] ruling that would allow wiretapping of Internet calls [FCC press release, PDF] was challenged Tuesday by privacy and technology groups in federal appeals court in Washington. The ruling makes it easier for law enforcement officials to tap Internet phone calls by mandating standards that would allow the wiretaps to be made. Internet call providers are already contesting the order, saying it would require them to rewire their networks at high costs. The Center for Democracy and Technology [advocacy website] along with other privacy groups and Sun Microsystems have petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to review the FCC ruling. The American Council on Education [association website], representing about 2,000 colleges and universities, also filed its own appeal[press release] of the ruling Monday in federal court. The education group voiced concerns about the costs colleges and universities would incur if required to rewire their networks to comply. AP has more.

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