QuickLinks - Interception
Issue no. 167 - 6 August 2000
- USA - Justice Told To Expedite Reply on Net Wiretap
A federal judge ordered the Justice Department to quickly review a privacy group's request for information about the technology and capabilities of the FBI's controversial Internet wiretap system, demanding a formal response by Aug. 16.
- USA - Privacy Plan Likely to Kick Off Debate
(New York Times)
The goal of the plan sounded admirable: to overhaul the nation's privacy laws, harmonizing a patchwork of inconsistent rules and extending to e-mail and mobile phone messages the same strict safeguards against government snooping that now apply to telephone calls. But in the fine print was a detail that some privacy advocates found alarming: a rollback of the tight privacy protections that many believe currently apply to Internet communications over cable modems and networks.
Issue no. 166 - 30 July 2000
Issue no. 165 - 22 July 2000
Issue no. 164 - 15 July 2000
Issue no. 163 - 9 July 2000
Issue no. 162 - 2 July 2000
Issue no. 161 - 25 June 2000
Issue no. 160 - 17 June 2000
Issue no. 159 - 11 June 2000
Issue no. 158 - 4 June 2000
- UK - The price of policing e-business
Forthcoming legislation that will allow the police and other government officials to bug and tap e-mails and mobile phones is causing a furore in Britain.
Issue no. 157 - 28 May 2000
- UK - Foreign telephone intercepts admissible
(Times Law Report)
In Regina v X, Y and Z the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held that the provision in the Interception of Communications Act 1985 preventing evidence of telephone intercepts within the jurisdiction from being admissible at trial was not to be extended to apply in the case of foreign telephone intercepts notwithstanding the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
- UK - Secret listening device invades privacy
(Times Law Report)
In Khan v United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights held unanimously that the applicant's right to respect for private and family life, as guaranteed by article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights, had been violated as domestic law did not regulate the use of covert listening devices at the time of the applicant's conviction. Furthermore, as the applicant did not have an effective remedy in respect of his claim under article 8, the Court also held unanimously that article 13 of the Convention had been breached.
Issue no. 154 - 7 May 2000
- UK - FIPR Regulation of Investigatory Powers
Regulations of Investigatory Powers Information Centre focuses on developments in the Regulations of Investigatory Powers Bill. see also A Guide to RIP v1.0(STAND).
- USA - 1999 Wiretap Report
(United States Courts)
The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 requires the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to report to Congress the number and nature of federal and state applications for orders authorizing or approving the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications. see also EPIC Wiretap page.
Issue no. 153 - 1 May 2000
- Whitehall 'should pay to set up e-mail intercept'
The UK government should bear the initial cost of controversial measures requiring internet service providers to be able to intercept e-mails, an official report has decided. But industry experts have reacted angrily to the report's conclusion that the running cost of interception - a minimum £9,400 a year for a small ISP - will not impose an "onerous burden" on business. See also MI5 builds new centre to read e-mails on the net (Sunday Times)
Issue no. 152 - 15 April 2000
Issue no. 150 - 2 April 2000
- UK - Legal fears over e-mail tapping
Government changes to a new law allowing officials to bug and tap e-mails and mobile phones are insufficient to comply with human rights, according to a new legal opinion
- UK - RIP: a framework for 21st century law enforcement?
Or an unnecessary burden on British business? The government's controversial 'wire-tap' legislation - or the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill to give it its proper name - has come in for its fair share of criticism.
Issue no. 147 - 11 March 2000
Issue no. 146 - 4 March 2000
- ECHELON Research Resources
(Patrick S. Poole)
A set of links to news items and documents about the surveillance network run by US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Issue no. 145 - 26 February 2000
Issue no. 143 - 12 February 2000
- EU - An appraisal of technologies of political control
Development of Surveillance Technology & Risk of Abuse of Economic Information: 1/4 Economic Risks of Electronic Interception 1999 2/4 Legality of Interception of Electronic Communications 1999 3/4 Encryption/Cryptosystems in Electronic Surveillance (FR) 1999 3/4 Encryption/Cryptosystems in Electronic Surveillance (EN) 1999 4/4 Interception Capabilities 2000
- EU - Echelon vor dem Europaparlament
Am 22. und 23. Februar findet im Europäischen Parlament eine Anhörung zum Datenschutz statt. Durchgeführt wird sie vom Ausschuss für Freiheiten und Rechte der Bürger. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit verdient sie, weil sie sich erstmals mit dem Echelon-Überwachungssystem befasst.
Issue no. 142 - 5 February 2000
- USA - Cyber Safe or Gov't Surveillance?
FIDNET, a government plan to monitor networks for intrusions goes too far and will lead to increased surveillance and privacy violations, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a civil liberties group, told a Senate panel.
Issue no. 141 - 30 January 2000
- USA - FBI phone-snoop regs challenged by Net privacy groups
A coalition of Internet privacy groups has filed a brief in federal court seeking to block Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations which would enable the FBI to track the physical locations of cellular phone users and potentially monitor Internet traffic.
Issue no. 140 - 22 January 2000
- USA - Clinton Favors Computer Snooping
The Clinton administration wants to be able to send federal agents armed with search warrants into homes to copy encryption keys and implant secret back doors onto computers.
Issue no. 138 - 9 January 2000
- Police admit to concerns over wire-tapping bill
Police forces in England and Wales have issued their responses to the Home Office's controversial wire-tapping proposals, and while they are broadly in line, the forces acknowledge certain areas need attention.
Issue no. 136 - 12 December 1999
- US privacy group sues NSA for Echelon info
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed suit demanding public disclosure of internal NSA documents addressing the legality of the Agency's intelligence activities. see also USA - ACLU To Watch Spy Network
- Big Brother Pounces
(New York Times)
In a book on a long-running civil conflict, the author briefly describes how his government uses surveillance systems to trace suspected enemies of the state. He is arrested, charged with a serious crime, his house ransacked and papers seized.
Issue no. 135 - 5 December 1999
Issue no. 134 - 27 November 1999
- Internet spies' new tactics
Computer users are being warned by industry experts to beware of secret codes which could be used to record their conversations.
- Germany - Persilschein für US-Geheimdienst in Deutschland
US-Geheimdienste betreiben nach Angaben der Bundesregierung in Deutschland keine Wirtschaftsspionage. Der Geheimdienstkoordinator im Bundeskanzleramt, Ernst Uhrlau, wies in Berlin energisch alle Spionagevorwürfe gegen die USA zurück.
- USA - Privacy groups aim to block wiretap rules
ACLU and the Electronic Privacy Information Center say tracking of wireless telephone users and monitoring of Internet traffic will lead to vast surveillance abuses.
Issue no. 133 - 18 November 1999
- EU - Großbritannien blockiert Überwachungspläne der europäischen Strafverfolger
Die Verhandlungen zu dem europäischen Rechtshilfeübereinkommen stagnieren. Bei einem Treffen des Justiz- und Innen-Rats am 29. Oktober in Luxemburg konnten die Minister erneut keine Einigung erzielen. In der Frage der Telekommunikations-Überwachung fährt die britische Regierung einen eigenen Kurs.
- USA - ACLU To Watch Spy Network
In its latest fight against government-sponsored violations of personal freedoms, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced that it would set up a new Website to keep tabs on the fabled Echelon global surveillance network.
Issue no. 132 - 11 November 1999
- Electronic eavesdropping is becoming child's play
Software that allows a computer to receive radio signals could make spying on other computers all too simple, according to two scientists at the University of Cambridge. Such are the dangers that they are patenting countermeasures that computer manufacturers can take to foil any electronic eavesdroppers.
- Military Cyber Warfare Rules
(The Washington Post)
During last spring's conflict with Yugoslavia, the Pentagon considered hacking into Serbian computer networks to disrupt military operations and basic civilian services. But it refrained from doing so because of continuing uncertainties and limitations surrounding the emerging field of cyber warfare.
- USA - IETF rejects wiretapping plan
The Internet Engineering Taskforce (IETF) has voted overwhelmingly to reject plans for a global standard for snooping on Net telephone calls. see also
A Wiretap-Friendly Net? (Washington Post).
Issue no. 131 - 4 November 1999
- Global spy network revealed
Imagine a global spying network called ECHELON that can eavesdrop on every single phone call, fax or e-mail, anywhere on the planet. It sounds like science fiction, but it's true. Two of the chief protagonists - Britain and America - officially deny its existence. But the BBC has confirmation from the Australian Government that such a network really does exist and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are calling for an inquiry.
Issue no. 130 - 23 October 1999
- USA - Wiretapping abuses alarm EFF, EPIC
The Los Angeles Police Department and district attorney's office are covering up widespread and illegal wiretapping, the Los Angeles public defender's office charged, in the latest round of a growing legal battle that's piqued the interest of electronic privacy advocates.
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