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CALEA Compliance

The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) is a United States wiretapping law passed in 1994.

CALEA’s purpose is to enhance the ability of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to conduct electronic surveillance by requiring that telecommunications carriers and manufacturers of telecommunications equipment modify and design their equipment, facilities, and services to ensure that they have built-in surveillance capabilities, allowing federal agencies to monitor all telephone, broadband internet, and VoIP traffic in real-time.

The original reason for adopting CALEA was the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s worry that increasing use of digital telephone exchange switches would make tapping phones at the phone company’s central office harder and slower to execute, or in some cases impossible. Since the original requirement to add CALEA-compliant interfaces required phone companies to modify or replace hardware and software in their systems, U.S. Congress included funding for a limited time period to cover such network upgrades.

In the years since CALEA was passed it has been greatly expanded to include all VoIP and broadband internet traffic. From 2004 to 2007 there was a 62 percent growth in the number of wiretaps performed under CALEA — and more than 3,000 percent growth in interception of internet data such as email.

NeoNova offers affordable assistance to comply with CALEA. Most ISPs and telcos use Trusted Third Party (TTP) operations to offset the high equipment costs required to meet the CALEA mandate.

NeoNova has the tools and expertise to manage and carry out TTP responsibilities. After viewing our costs, we are sure you will consider us as a reasonably-priced solution to the CALEA mandate.