Subsentio Announces Safe Harbor Cloud

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Subsentio Announces Safe Harbor Cloud

March 10, 2015

Subsentio, which bills itself as “the CALEA compliance company,” has announced Subsentio Safe Harbor Cloud.

The new offering aims to give service providers an easy way to comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).

"The Subsentio Safe Harbor Cloud is the front line of a movement that will revolutionize lawful surveillance," said Martin McDermott, Subsentio executive vice president of marketing and customer care. "Our cloud service lets service providers comply with CALEA easily and at the lowest possible cost."

Subsentio touts its Safe Harbor Cloud as offering two of the primary selling points for cloud computing: ease of setup and lower cost compared to on-premises installation.

The company is currently testing Subsentio Safe Harbor Cloud on a “network of networks” connecting local and regional broadband carriers in 20 states. These carriers can connect to Safe Harbor Cloud using a single VPN connection.

Safe Harbor Cloud uses a Safe Harbor 1 GB or 10 GB probe. These probes can monitor packets based on certain criteria, such as IP addresses, DHCP and RADIUS identifiers, among others. It can also track VoIP, VPN and LTE traffic.

CALEA, passed in 1994, mandates that telecommunications providers make it easy for law enforcement to lawfully intercept communications as well as make detailed call records available. While originally only covering phone wiretaps, the law was expanded 10 years later to cover Internet traffic.

Even though CALEA is meant to track the communications only with a search warrant, privacy advocates such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been wary of the law even before Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed the extent of the National Security Agency’s data collection operations. Privacy advocates are probably not going to like anything that makes it easier for law enforcement agents to look at what Americans are doing on the Internet.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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