QuickLinks - Interception
Issue no. 207 - 18 September 2001
Issue no. 206 - 3 September 2001
- Dutch Police expected to check 300.000 Internet-users in 2004
Dutch Internet providers expect that in the year 2004 law enforcement agencies will be asking information on the name, address and living place of 300.000 Internet users.
- E-mail snoopers 'risk legal action'
Bosses who phone staff at home or vet employees' e-mails could face legal action, UK executive representatives have warned. Ringing staff at home to discuss work matters could, under UK human rights legislation, be construed as an invasion of privacy, the Institute of Management has said.
- ISPs forced to abet "Orwellian creep"
Civil liberties group Electronic Frontiers Australia has spoken out against recommendations that could see Internet service providers forced to put their customers under constant surveillance.
- Protests over SA 'snooping' bill
Protests are growing in South Africa against the country's plan to give the security services new powers to monitor terrorists and serious criminals. Opponents say the Interception and Monitoring Bill is draconian, describing it as a charter for government snooping. see also So. Africa Weighs Police Spy Law (Wired), Privacy International's comments and Watchdog Needed to Oversee Implementation of the Interception And Monitoring Bill (bridges.org).
- U.S. Refuses to Disclose PC Tracking
(New York Times)
Invoking a national security law normally used in highly publicized espionage cases, the Justice Department told a federal judge that it would not publicly reveal the details of the "key logger" system used to gather evidence in the gambling and loansharking trial of Nicodemo S. Scarfo Jr.
- 'Web Bugs' Are Tracking Use of Internet
(New York Times)
A new report by Cyveillance, which tracks Internet sites for corporate clients says that the use of an Internet monitoring technology popularly known as "Web bugs" has exploded on personal Web pages, especially those created free through online companies like America Online and Geocities, a company owned by Yahoo.
Issue no. 205 - 3 August 2001
- Net activists launch campaign to jam 'Echelon'
Internet privacy activists and "hacktivists" have announced a day-long cyber-protest intended to jam a computer surveillance network whose existence isn't acknowledged by the governments said to run it.
Issue no. 204 - 27 July 2001
- FBI required to report on Net wiretaps
The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation requiring that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report annually to Congress detailed information about its use of the DCS 1000 e-mail and Internet surveillance system. DCS 1000 is more commonly known as "Carnivore," the system's former name.
- New Zealand Crimes Bill Raises Cybersnooping Concerns
New Zealand's Green Party also claims that proposed legislation would give the police and intelligence services the right to hack into citizens' computers and intercept all e-mail traffic passing through and within New Zealand.
Issue no. 200 - 14 June 2001
Issue no. 199 - 4 June 2001
- EU warns on e-mail spy threat
Public users of e-mail in the European Union should use encryption technology for their personal e-mails to ensure that they are not spied on by a US-led spy network called Echelon, the European parliament said.
Issue no. 198 - 28 May 2001
- Echelon 'not used for industrial espionage'
A preliminary report by the European Parliament has attempted to dispel the myth that the Echelon spy network is capable of intercepting all data around the world and using it for industrial espionage. see leaked copy.
Issue no. 197 - 21 May 2001
- Schools Get Tool to Track Students' Internet Use
(New York Times)
The eSniff program is a modified version of a packet sniffer. ESniff detects packets that indicate that proscribed activities are going on - that a student is visiting Web sites that offer, say, sexual images, or copyright-violating music downloads or guns for sale or bomb- making instructions.
- Senate Anti-Gambling Bill Forces Schools to Spy on Students
A U.S. Senate bill intended to stop wagering on amateur sports would require colleges and universities to monitor student Internet use for illegal gambling transactions and would withhold federal education funding from schools that failed to do so.
- Germany - Provider entwickeln Alternative zur geplanten Netz-Überwachung
Nach Auffassung des Verbands der deutschen Internet-Wirtschaft eco soll der Bereich Internet vollständig aus der geplanten Telekommunikations-Überwachungsverordnung (TKÜV) herausfallen. Das "normale" Abhören der Telefonleitungen reiche vollkommen aus, um auch die E-Mail-Kommunikation zu überwachen.
Issue no. 196 - 15 May 2001
- Europe 'Dismayed' by U.S. in E-Mail Spy Probe
A European Parliament team probing a suspected U.S.-led global electronic eavesdropping system cut short a fact-finding visit after failing to meet with U.S. intelligence chiefs.
Issue no. 195 - 8 May 2001
- USA - New documents disclose FBI's Web surveillance
The FBI has used Internet eavesdropping tools to track fugitives, drug dealers, extortionists, computer hackers and suspected foreign intelligence agents, documents show. The documents, obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act, also detail how the FBI scurried last year to prove it wasn't "randomly looking at everyone's e-mail" once its Web surveillance practices came under attack.
- USA - Wireless Devices Account For Most Wiretaps In 2000
Wiretaps for cellular and other wireless devices accounted for roughly 60 percent of the total court-ordered telephone surveillance requests approved last year, according to the annual Wiretap Report of the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Issue no. 194 - 23 April 2001
Issue no. 193 - 3 April 2001
- Germany - Die neue TKÜV
Innere Sicherheit auf Kosten von Netzbürgern und Providern? Symposium des ITM, des Instituts für Kriminalwissenschaften und der Landesdatenschutzbeauftragten des Landes NRW am 11. Mai 2001 im Mövenpick-Hotel in Münster. Weitgehend unbeachtet von der Öffentlichkeit wurde im März diesen Jahres im Bundesrat der Entwurf einer Telekommunikationsüberwachungsverordnung beraten. Dieser Entwurf sieht u.a. eine umfassende Überwachung des Telefon- und des E-Mail-Verkehrs vor.
Issue no. 192 - 26 March 2001
- Die ETSI-Dossiers
Ein internationaler Verbund von Polizeibehörden und Geheimdiensten entwickelt einen weltweiten Standard zum Abhören digitaler Netze. Hand in Hand mit der Industrie legen die Gremien, die ihre Tätigkeit immer mit dem Etikett "lawful" schmücken, die Technik der Abhörschnittstellen fest - am EU-Parlament vorbei. Von Anfang an arbeiteten hier US-Behörden mit den EU-Ländern zusammen.
- European Parliament continues Echelon investigation
The European Parliament will continue its investigation into the Echelon spying system. A temporary committee was set up half way through last year when reports of the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand-sponsored spying system entered wide circulation.
Issue no. 190 - 12 March 2001
- Die Abhörtruppe im European Telecom Standards Instititute
Die Anfang des Jahres parallel bekannt gewordenen Überwachungsverordnungen in Deutschland und in Österreich beruhen beide auf einem Standard namens ETSI ES 201.671. Dieser Standard, der EU-weit gelten soll, wird von der Arbeitsgruppe "Lawful Interception" des European Telecom Standards Institute [ETSI] seit 1999 laufend weiterentwickelt.
Issue no. 188 - 24 February 2001
Issue no. 183 - 14 January 2001
- Year-End Worldwide Round-Up on Internet Surveillance
(American Reporter - Andy Oram)
Government surveillance was the most pressing policy issue in cyberspace this past year. The wildly divergent proposals popping up around the world make it hard to tease out a trend, but a long-range historical look suggests that a shift in strategy is underway globally.
- France - Écoutes : la Constitution épargne les opérateurs
Le code des télécommunications prévoit, « par les nécessités de la sécurité publique », que chaque opérateur mette son matériel à jour afin d'autoriser toute forme d'interception des messages analogiques ou numériques, transportant de la voix ou des données. Jusqu'ici le financement de cette activité était assuré par l'État. Mais la loi de finances rectificative, selon sa dernière mouture du 15 novembre 2000, cherchait à inverser la donne : « Les opérateurs mettent en place et assurent la mise en uvre des moyens nécessaires aux interceptions. Les investissements réalisés à cette fin sont à leur charge. Mais le Conseil constitutionnel n'a pas retenu ces dispositions. Dans leur décision du 29 décembre, les "sages" se sont référés au principe de « l'égalité devant les charges publiques ». Ainsi, s'il est légitime « d'imposer aux opérateurs de mettre en place et de faire fonctionner les dispositifs techniques permettant les interceptions, les dépenses en résultant ne sauraient incomber directement aux opérateurs. »
Issue no. 181 - 10 December 2000
- Experts: Carnivore review had no teeth
A who's who among corporate and academic security researchers criticized a government-funded review of the FBI's Carnivore Internet surveillance system as "limited" and "inadequate." The researchers said that while a previous review completed by a team at the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IITRI) appeared to have been conducted in good faith, the results were incomplete. see alsoLegal Controversy and the FBI's 'Carnivore' Program (GigaLaw.com).
- Secret plan to spy on all British phone calls
Britain's intelligence services are seeking powers to seize all records of telephone calls, emails and internet connections made by every person living in this country. MI5, MI6 and the police are demanding new legislation to log every phone call made in this country and store the information for seven years at a vast government-run 'data warehouse', a super computer that will hold the information. see Submission on communications data retention law (NCIS).
Issue no. 179 - 26 November 2000
Issue no. 178 - 19 November 2000
Issue no. 174 - 21 October 2000
- France blasts Britain over Echelon
A French parliamentary enquiry has harshly criticised Britain for its involvement in the Echelon satellite surveillance system, which it denounces as a threat to individual liberty and commercial privacy. Echelon is the codename for a surveillance network built by the UK and U.S. at the onset of the Cold War in order to eavesdrop on international satellite communications. It is one part of a global surveillance effort that counts on cooperation from Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
- USA - FBI’s Carnivore has partners
Carnivore, the FBI’s controversial e-mail snooping program, is part of covert surveillance triad known inside the bureau as the "DragonWare Suite," according to recently declassified documents. The documents also outline how the DragonWare Suite is more than simply an e-mail snooping program: it’s capable of reconstructing the Web surfing trail of someone under investigation.
Issue no. 172 - 8 October 2000
Issue no. 171 - 1 October 2000
- Russian court overturns part of eavesdropping law
Russia's Supreme Court ruled that part of the SORM eavesdropping legislation was illegal. SORM allows the secret police to tap into any communication over telephone, cellular, or internet network. The Supreme Court ruled illegal the part of SORM which stated that no information about wiretapping decisions could be provided to communications companies.
- La confidentialité du courriel au centre d'un procès à Paris
Le courriel est-il un courrier comme un autre? C'est la question que devra trancher le tribunal correctionnel de Paris, qui a examiné la plainte d'un étudiant koweïtien contre trois responsables de son ancienne école, poursuivis pour avoir espionné sa messagerie électronique.
- UK - Home Office consultation on use of RIP Act powers
A public consultation on the draft codes of practice on interception, covert surveillance and the use of covert human intelligence sources is to be made under Section 71 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. The consultation period begins on 25 September and the closing date for consultation responses is 17 November 2000. A summary of the consultation responses will be made available on the Home Office website.
- USA - Committee toughens email interception law
(ILN - Wired)
The House Judiciary Committee approved the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 2000, a bill that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before reading email messages.
- USA - Justice Department selects Illinois institution to review 'Carnivore'
(ILN - CNN)
The U.S. Department of Justice announced that a Chicago institution has been chosen to review the so-called "Carnivore" system, its controversial e-mail surveillance program, to determine whether it violates privacy rights. see winning proposal. see also Carnivore review team picked, Carnivore review team information leaked, FCC may adopt Carnivore (Wired).
Issue no. 170 - 24 September 2000
- Software to snoop on office porn sneaks
A British company has launched a software package designed to catch employees who access pornography at work. The new system Pornsweeper is able to detect sexually explicit images being transmitted in and out of the workplace via the Internet.
Issue no. 169 - 16 September 2000
- International Forum on Surveillance by Design
(Privacy International et al)
22 September 2000, London, UK. A one day public meeting on the development of global surveillance strategies for law enforcement and national security.
Issue no. 168 - 9 September 2000
- Industry criticism delays UK internet bill
The UK government abandoned its attempt to rush through rules on employers' monitoring of employees' e-mails ahead of the October 2 introduction of the Human Rights Act, after ferocious industry criticism.
- Japan's Police Gain Right to Tap Phone, E-Mail
Japan's police have gained the right to eavesdrop on telephone calls and fax messages and access e-mail accounts in the course of their investigations into serious crimes. These are defined by the law as crimes involving illegal drugs, weapons, organized group illegal entry into Japan and organized murders.
- USA - Court limits federal wiretapping powers
A federal judge in Washington blocked the expansion of federal wiretapping powers, saying the the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) threatened individual privacy. The court did leave in place a provision that will require mobile phone carriers to let authorities pinpoint which antenna cell phone callers are using.
Issue no. 167 - 6 August 2000
- Dutch Secret Service accused of e-mail snooping
Reports that intelligence agents have been intercepting e-mail traffic have added urgency to the debate about electronic snooping in the Netherlands, where a pending bill would broaden the government's power to monitor communications.
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