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9-20-96. NYP Page One:
"Cellular Industry Rejects U.S. Plan for Surveillance.
Police Want Technology That Pinpoints Wireless Users Within
a Half-Second." Markoff.
The wireless communications industry voted yesterday to
reject Government-backed technology that would make it
possible for law enforcement agencies to keep closer
tabs on cellular phone users. DoJ wants to be able for
the first time to determine the location of a cellular
phone caller within a half-second and almost instantly
monitor the status of cellular-phone voice mail,
conference calls and other wireless communications
Yesterday's vote by a subcommittee of a network
operators and manufacturers group called the
Telecommunications Industry Association, came in
response to a technical document the F.B.I. has been
quietly circulating to industry executives since April.
Known as the Electronic Surveillance Interface, the
document specifies what wireless communications
monitoring data must be accessible to law enforcement
officials with a court warrant.
http://jya.com/reject.txt (8 kb)