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