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FBI Aims to Pry Open New Channels for Web Surveillance

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is urging Internet companies to provide back doors that facilitate online surveillance. The bureau, along with White House and government representatives, aim to increase the amount of data they can collect through online channels. Because of a shift in popular communication methods -- from phones to online correspondence via social networks and chat features -- it's more difficult to gather information on Americans suspected of illegal activity, the FBI claims.

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