ATIS Report Supports Law Enforcement Agencies

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ATIS said Wednesday it has released its technical report on “Data Buffering (Short Term Storage) in an Internet Access and Services LAES Environment.”

The report addresses law enforcement agencies’ (LEAs) ability to store intercepted communication content data packets and the communication-identifying information of lawful intercepts. It also covers the transfer of buffered information to LEAs.

The report’s purpose is to assist LEAs in conducting Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance (LAES) by increasing the probability that intercepted information is not lost in delivery due to factors such as link congestion or failure, ATIS said.

The report was developed by the ATIS Packet Technologies and Systems Committee (PTSC). The Federal Bureau of Investigation CALEA Implementation Unit (FBI CIU) is a member of the PTSC and introduced the request for a standard to address data buffering to the committee. The FBI CIU also served as editor for the report.

“The FBI has long indicated that intercept solutions must include a reliable delivery solution which can be implemented in a timely manner in order to be of use to law enforcement agencies. This technical report offers one means by which to address this capability,” stated FBI Operational Technology Division Assistant Director Marcus C. Thomas. “This is a positive step for ATIS in addressing a comprehensive technical solution for the interception of broadband access services which will empower law enforcement agencies to protect public safety and national security.”

The new technical report covers the voluntary buffering of intercepted packet data to and from an identified subject as well as information identifying the origin, direction, destination, or termination of each communication generated or received by a subject by means of any equipment, facility, or service of any Internet access or service provider. It also provides guidance for broadband access carriers on how to implement a reliable delivery mechanism when assisting law enforcement.

ATIS www.atis.org

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