(this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks) Are our governments spying on us? How much? It depends on what you mean by spying. Governments have always had, for example, the possibility of intercepting traditional phone calls. There are even official specifications like, in the USA, CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act) which define the technical requirements that any telecom equipment must satisfy to make wiretapping possible.