Monday, March 7, 2005

VeriSign Provides Law Enforcement Capabilities for Vonage

Vonage has selected VeriSign NetDiscovery Services to help develop the capability for law enforcement to legally intercept calls on its VoIP service. Vonage is not presently subject to the requirements of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), but is voluntarily complying with its provisions through this relationship.

VeriSign provides carriers with an outsourced NetDiscovery Service for complying with legal, regulatory, technical, and operational aspects of CALEA and other mandates to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies. CALEA requires service providers to assist Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in lawfully authorized electronic surveillance. To comply, service providers often have to purchase dedicated hardware, have trained operation staff and maintain connectivity with a variety of LEAs.


Tom Kershaw



CALEA -- A Carrier's Guide to
Compliance in the VoIP Age

As innovative new voice technologies come to market, one of the biggest
challenges carriers face is balancing regulatory requirements with
time-to-market for new services. When the Communications Assistance for
Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) was put into place in 1996, there was no way
to predict the huge changes on the horizon in communications -- from
wireless voice growth to short-messaging, push-to-talk and increasingly,
voice over IP.


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