Definition

CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act)

CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) is a United States federal law that enables the government to intercept wire and electronic communications and call-identifying information under certain circumstances -- in particular, when it is necessary in order to protect national security. CALEA originated in the House of Representatives as bill H.R. 4922 and in the Senate as bill S. 2375. CALEA was signed into law by President Clinton on October 25, 1994.

There are certain exceptions and prohibitions that limit the extent and applicability of CALEA. These limitations are intended to protect private citizens and communications providers from unreasonable government intrusion. For example, carriers are not responsible for decrypting (or ensuring the government's ability to decrypt) any communication encrypted by a subscriber, unless the carrier provides the encryption method and has the knowledge necessary to decrypt the signals. In addition, CALEA does not authorize law enforcement to require or designate specific equipment specifications to be adopted by service providers.

This was last updated in April 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Email Alerts

Register now to receive SearchSecurity.com-related news, tips and more, delivered to your inbox.
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

More News and Tutorials

Do you have something to add to this definition? Let us know.

Send your comments to techterms@whatis.com

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: