This week's Question of the Week focuses on the redesign of some Internet communication services. Law enforcement officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites, and “peer to peer” messaging software like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. Law enforcement officials contend that imposing a mandate is reasonable and necessary to prevent the erosion of their investigative powers. Skeptics, including privacy and technology advocates, say that requiring interception capabilities would create holes that would inevitably be exploited by hackers.
What do you think? Should Internet communication services be redesigned so that law enforcement can carry out legally authorized intercepts?