June 19, 2012
The FBI wants Congress to pass a law that would prevent the implementation of a new and more efficient internet communications protocol. It opposes IPv6 because it is more difficult to trace users. IPv5 makes surveillance easier.
Declan McCullagh writes:
FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials have told industry representatives that IPv6 traceability is necessary to identify people suspected of crimes. The FBI has even suggested that a new law may be necessary if the private sector doesn’t do enough voluntarily.
The FBI is upset about its “Going Dark” problem, in other words it is having difficulty keeping up with changes in technology. It formed the Domestic Communications Assistance Center to get up to speed.
Instead of figuring out how to trace the new protocol, the FBI wants the federal government to come up with a law that prevents ISPs the agency describes as “lazy” from using more efficient technology.
The FBI also wants to force ISPs to spend their money and time keeping records of what IP addresses their customers are assigned. Congress approved this burdensome requirement last year.