As the revelations about U.S. secret surveillance continue, one of
the more interesting recent articles was a Buzzfeed
piece that focused on a Utah ISP that hosted a "little black
box" in the corner inserted by the National Security Agency.
The article describes how a Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA)
warrant allowed the NSA to monitor the activities of an ISP
subscriber by inserting surveillance equipment directly within the
ISP's network. The experience in Utah appears to have been replicated
in many other Internet and technology companies, who face secret
court orders to install equipment on their systems.
The U.S. experience should raise some alarm bells in Canada, since
the now defeated lawful access bill envisioned similar legal powers.
Section 14(4) of the bill provided:
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