Feds want access to your Facebook, Twitter accounts

(NBC) - Federal authorities want to start keeping an eye on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter as part of their fight against terrorism.

According to a report in the "New York Times," that could lead to a change in wire tap laws.

Law enforcement agencies are currently allowed to tap suspected criminals and terrorists through land line phones, cell phones, email, and even chat rooms if they have the proper warrants.

The law stops, however, at encrypted messages from Blackberries or peer-to-peer networking sites like Facebook and Skype.

According to the "Times," the Obama administration is trying to strike a balance between national security needs and protecting privacy.

Still, any proposed changes to wiretap laws will bring out criticism and privacy concerns.

Changes aren't expected for at least a year.

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