New technology makes online surveillance easy for the government
November 23, 2012
Source: MM Network
Earlier the Google Transparency report ranked India second on terms of accessing the netizens detail by the government, now the new technology makes task easier for the government. The new technology will now allow government agencies to 'silently record' conversations on internet chat services like Skype.
The earlier voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services was a difficult medium to tap into, because of the way the information was send on the web. Now the new technology for which a California based businessman has received the patent for a 'legal intercept' technology’ expressed that the technology would allow governments to "silently record" VoIP communications'.
The previous VoIP services converted audio signals into digital data packets, which was highly costly and complex for third parties to intercept. That was the reason why various countries had chosen to block VoIP services for security reasons.
Further the patent elaborates that they could also be tracked down by billing records that associate names and addresses with usernames. Such a capability would make not only audio conversations but 'any other data streams such as pure data and/or video or multimedia data' open for accessing.
The patent filed by president of VoIP-PAL Dennis Chang's company marks just one entrant to provide the next generation of online surveillance technology. Originally filed in 2007, it was followed two years later by a similar patent by Microsoft - owner of Skype - to 'silently copy communication transmitted via the communication session'.