NSA Monitors WiFi on U.S. Planes 'in violation' of Privacy Laws

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

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    Chair moistener.
    no shock...:cow04:

    Companies that provide WiFi on US domestic flights are handing over their data to the NSA, adapting their technology to allow security services new powers to spy on passengers. In doing so, they may be in violation of privacy laws.

    In a letter leaked to Wired, Gogo, the leading provider of inflight WiFi in the US, admitted to violating the requirements of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The act is part of a wiretapping law passed in 1994 that requires telecoms carriers to provide law enforcement with a backdoor in their systems to monitor telephone and broadband communications.

    Gogo states in the letter to the Federal Communications Commission that it added new capabilities to its service that go beyond CALEA, at the behest of law enforcement agencies.

    "In designing its existing network, Gogo worked closely with law enforcement to incorporate functionalities and protections that would serve public safety and national security interests," Gogo attorney Karis Hastings wrote in the leaked letter, which dates from 2012. He did not elaborate as to the nature of the changes, but said Gogo "worked with federal agencies to reach agreement regarding a set of additional capabilities to accommodate law enforcement interests."

    Gogo, which provides WiFi services to the biggest US airlines, are not the only ones to adapt their services to enable spying. Panasonic Avionics also added "additional functionality" to their services as per an agreement with US law enforcement, according to a report published in December.

    The deals with security services have civil liberties organizations up in arms. They have condemned the WiFi providers' deals with authorities as scandalous.


    Last edited: Apr 16, 2014
  2. Marsilirus

    Marsilirus Newbie

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    Fucking NSA, backdoors everywhere.
  3. LVKami

    LVKami Newbie

    Apr 16, 2014
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    Doesn't suprise anyone, i think.