FBI pushes for more online snooping powers, fines for violators

by Cheryl K. Chumley-The Washington Times  |  published on May 8, 2013

Robert Mueller III
The White House is likely to fulfill the FBI’s request for more authority to eavesdrop online, administration and law enforcement insiders said.

The FBI has been arguing for expanded powers to monitor Internet communications, saying advances in technology have made it easier and faster for suspects to “go dark,” Newser reported. The White House is now poised to agree to these requests, The New York Times reported.

On the horizon: The FBI’s ability to fine companies that don’t comply with wiretap orders. Foreign companies could be hardest hit, Newser reported. They could face fines of $25,000 per day for not giving the FBI access to communications.

Technology companies — and privacy-rights activists — aren’t pleased.

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