Proposed FBI Surveillance Law Would Target VoIPClub & Truphone VoIP
VoIP calls, or phone calls made over the internet, have become a new surveillance target for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The bureau has been secretly pushing for new ways to gather information on criminal activities by tapping suspected criminals using VoIP, an easily traceable route which many different platforms, such as Skype and Vonage, use quite frequently. Although many disagree with such privacy invading measures, FBI sees your privacy slightly differently.
The FBI has drafted a proposed law that would require providers of voice over internet protocol services like Truphone VoIP and VoIPClub to alter their code to make their products and services wiretap-friendly. According to an industry insider, "If you create a service, product, or app that allows a user to communicate, you get the privilege of adding that extra coding". This perhaps was long in the making with corporate espionage or treason-prone citizens lurking amongst us.
Companies directly affected by such proposed legislation like VoIPClub, which is rapidly expanding by selling cheap VoIP calls worldwide through wholesale and retail outlets, would be heavily impacted by this proposed law. Martin Teppor, VoIPClub CEO, says one of his company’s first priorities is to cooperate with law enforcement to ease the burdens which futile resistance would bring about.
Traditionally, law enforcement agencies and government agencies have had a very difficult time tapping VoIP providers. The difficulty in wiretapping VoIP providers is primarily due to the costs and complexity in intercepting the data packets, which are converted from audio signals into digital data packets. VoIP-PAL president, Dennis Chang, has obtained a patent that would allow the government to record VoIP communications. The patent’s underlying technology helps authorities monitor suspected criminals through their username and subscriber information.
Truphone would also be heavily impacted by this proposed law. Truphone’s mobile VoIP service allows users to make cheap local and international calls from their mobile phones. Truphone targets iPhone users, BlackBerry users and users of other high-end smartphones like Samsung. Truphone is notable because it was one of the first providers to offer VoIP for the iPhone. Truphone VoIP also brings VoIP service to BlackBerry users, who have been largely avoided by other VoIP providers.
Since many will scream their privacy is being violated, look for this mandate to take much longer than FBI executives would like.