CALEA, or the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994, forces telecommunications providers to design their equipment according to the FBI specifications in order to enable electronic eavesdropping. Government mandates like CALEA guide how private organizations maintain personal information, ensuring that federal agents get what they want when they want it.

Recently the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have sought to expand CALEA to include the monitoring of Internet content and the tracking of cell phone users without a warrant.

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U.S. Trends:
Data Collection Explosion
Data Warehouses
Government-Business Connection
Operation Shamrock
Data Accuracy
Fair Information Practices
The MATRIX (Formerly TIA)
Secure Flight (Formerly CAPPS II)
Infragard, TIPS and Cat Eyes
The USA Patriot Act

Canada and Outside the U.S.