The Federal Bureau of Investigation is all set to launch a surveillance unit capable of spying on Skype conversations and other Internet communications.
The Domestic Communications Assistance Center (DCAC) is a collaborative effort between the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. All three agencies will build customized hardware to enable wiretapping on wireless and Internet conversations per court order requests.
The technology is designed to serve as a kind of surveillance help desk for state, local, and other federal police.
The DCAC has been tight-lipped about its purpose. The FBI has said that it not be responsible for the actual execution of any electronic surveillance court orders and will not have any direct operational or investigative role in investigations.
Scouring the Internet for illegal activity has become a top priority for the FBI. In January the bureau announced it was seeking to develop an automatic mass-monitoring computer application to analyze Facebook for comments which are crime related.
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