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The Computer Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) is a law in the US that provides for lawful intercept of communications by law enforcement (namely, the FBI).

Specifically, as I understand it:

  • The law requires telecommunications carriers to install compliant network equipment to technically provide this access.
  • The government does not reimburse the telecoms for the cost of this equipment, which means that the cost is eventually passed onto the consumer.

My question:

  • Is there a estimate of the cumulative cost of providing CALEA compliance, since the passage of the law in ~1995?

closed as off-topic by schroeder Aug 10 '15 at 18:05

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question does not appear to be about Information security within the scope defined in the help center." – schroeder
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • I'm not sure that this is on topic here. It would require that each telco disclose the costs for that time period. – schroeder Aug 10 '15 at 18:04
  • I'm not sure how this doesn't qualify as in-scope, on the topics of "risk management" and "policies"; not to mention that other questions have been asked re: security laws/policies. If your objection is that the answer is: "It's unknowable", feel free to post that as an answer! Though some further thoughtful analysis on the topic could be valuable. – mfrankli Aug 10 '15 at 18:37
  • Your question is about how much money all organizations have paid to comply. Cost considerations are of topic. – schroeder Aug 10 '15 at 19:53
  • Sorry, but would you mind pointing me in the direction of the guideline that places the economics of security policies as off-topic? It doesn't appear to be mentioned at all on the page you linked in your close vote. – mfrankli Aug 10 '15 at 20:59
  • You aren't asking for the theoretical cost of implementing policies (which could be on topic), but you are asking for the realized, industry-wide, historical costs. – schroeder Aug 10 '15 at 21:04

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