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FBI Seeks Wiretapping Law for Web, Talks to Google and Facebook

Robert S. Mueller III, FBI director, traveled to Silicon Valley this week to meet with top executives of several technology firms — including Google and Facebook to talk about about a proposal to make it easier to wiretap Internet users.

The Times says the US government is looking to expand a 1994 law, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, to include online communications. The law currently requires network access providers, like phone and cable companies, to be able to respond immediately to court-ordered wiretapping.

Law enforcement officials want the 1994 law to also cover Internet companies because people increasingly communicate online. An interagency task force of Obama administration officials is trying to develop legislation for the plan, and submit it to Congress early next year.

Facebook confirmed Mueller’s visit, but A Google official declined to comment. Mr. Noyes said it would be premature for Facebook to take a position


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