I call laws that are or will eventually be impossible to enforce impossiblaws. Take, for instance, the recent FCC ruling that Voice-over-IP technology must be tappable by law enforcement.
Internet phone carriers such as Vonage should set up their systems so U.S. law enforcers can monitor suspicious calls, the Federal Communications Commission (news - web sites) tentatively ruled on Wednesday.The law does no such thing as ensuring that law enforcers will be able to keep up, all it does it force technology to retard itself.
By a vote of 5-0, the FCC (news - web sites) said "voice over Internet protocol," or VoIP, providers should be subject to the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which ensures that law enforcers will be able to keep up with changing communications technologies.
... the FCC will accept further public comments before making its ruling on VoIP final.Final. I love it. How long do you think this "final" ruling will even be relevant? How long will it be before distributed VoIP technology renders traditional telecommunication companies obsolete? How long until the FCC will be completely powerless to enforce any of its rulings, because technology will have simply slipped past like a ghost on a dark night?
Princess Leia: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.