The FCC is mandating that Internet providers and network appliance manufacturers build in backdoors so that the spooks can monitor electronic communication between, well you know, terrorists and stuff. What a profoundly bad idea…do they really think that the secret access mechanism will stay a secret? And when it leaks out, what sort of access will the crooks have, and will they ever know it was leaked?
At least the effort to tap is on the table, unlike the Data Encryption Standard which was supposedly introduced with a deliberately small keysize to ease decoding by the NSA.
Thanks to the ever vigilant EFF for reporting on this. Which reminds me, my membership is up for renewal.