LP.org: Bush Administration Hands Universities an Unfunded Mandate to Spy on Students

The Federal Communications Commission, using the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, is requiring universities to upgrade their Internet computer networks to make it easier for law enforcement to monitor online communications such as email, according to a New York Times story.

The FEC order expands the 1994 law to now include universities, libraries, Internet service providers and providers of Wi-Fi internet service. The law was originally intended to force telephone carriers to upgrade their switching systems to make it easier for federal law enforcement to obtain surveillance access.

The Justice Department, which prodded the FEC to issue the recent directive, cited the need to keep pace with new technologies like telephone service over the internet that made it necessary to update the 1994 law.

(I think LP.org meant to say “FCC” above instead of “FEC”)