- CH - Campaign targets online child pornography +/-
(swissinfo) The Swiss authorities have launched a campaign to stop the illegal downloading of child pornography from the internet. This comes as figures show that over half of the 1,550 Swiss investigated over the past three years for receiving and passing on child pornography have been convicted. The 'Stop child pornography on the internet' campaign was launched by the federal police and the Swiss Crime Prevention Centre. See German and French pages.
- GK - Greek cellular phone dealer arrested for selling sex videos stored on customer phones +/-
(AP) An Athens mobile phone dealer has been arrested for allegedly selling thousands of amateur sex videos downloaded from cellular phones brought to his shop for repairs. The arrest followed a sting operation in which the suspect allegedly transferred 183 pornographic videos to the cellular phones of undercover electronic crime squad officers for a total fee of 15 (US$18), police said in a statement.
- Gumshoe chases Internet villains in Eastern Europe +/-
(Wall Street Journal) As Internet crime proliferates, law enforcement is relying more on the private sector to help counter it. That's because tracking cyber criminals requires a different set of skills than police have traditionally used. Compounding the challenge is the speed at which new online threats are morphing. Microsoft brings huge resources and technical expertise to the table, ranging from decrypting files to analyzing computer code. Through its security team the company collaborates with police world-wide.
- US - Unraveled Web fraud reveals inner workings of Internet theft +/-
(AP) The illicit haul arrived each day by e-mail, the personal details of computer users tricked by an Internet thief: a victim's name, credit card number, date of birth, Social Security number, mother's maiden name. One more Internet 'phishing' scam was operating. But this time, private sleuths soon were hot on the electronic trail of a thief whose online alias indicated an affinity for the dark side. The case moved ahead in part because of an underground tipster and the thief's penchant for repeatedly using the same two passwords - 'syerwerz' and 'r00tm3.'
- DK - Privacy watchdog finds police data riddled with errors +/-
(out-law.com) The Danish Data Protection Agency has criticised Denmark's National Commissioner of Police for what it calls an "unacceptably high" number of errors in reporting individuals to the Schengen Information System, or SIS.
- EU - Clarke tells MEPs to back data retention law +/-
(out-law.com) The legal framework in which enforcement agencies try to gather and collect vital intelligence data is "very difficult and in some cases impossible", UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke told MEPs in Strasburg. He urged the European Parliament to support plans for EU laws on the retention of telecommunications data, updating the Schengen Information System (which allows citizens from participating Member States to travel throughout those states without checks at internal borders) and in establishing a new Visa Information System.
- EU - UK urges new phone record rules +/-
(BBC) EU states should keep mobile phone and e-mail records for longer to help fight terrorism and crime, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has told MEPs. Without such measures, European states would be fighting terrorism 'with both hands tied behind our backs', he said. Mr Clarke said telecommunications data proved valuable in the investigation of the London bombings. He rejected complaints about intrusion into privacy, saying there must be effective protection against abuse. Mr Clarke also said laws preventing suspects being deported to places where they faced persecution might have to change. He said he wanted judges to realise of "circumstances in the modern world" when they judging cases involving European human rights laws. See Liberty and Security: Striking the Right Balance (UK Presidency).
- EU moves slowly ahead with data retention law +/-
(EUobserver) Member states are slowly moving ahead with plans to harmonize data retention to fight crime and terrorism, despite concerns both about the costs of the proposal and the infringement of civil liberties. At an informal meeting on 8 September, justice ministers tackled both of these issues, during a discussion on the controversial proposal to store information from email and phone calls for up to three years. Afterwards, the European Commission justice spokesperson, said that the general opinion at the meeting had been that data retention was necessary, although details and time frames were to be agreed upon.
- FI - Finnish ISPs must voluntarily block access +/-
(EDRI-gram) Ms Leena Luhtanen, Minister of Transport and Communications, has announced that Finnish ISPs will implement a censorship system to curb access to foreign web pages containing child pornography. Ms Luhtanen's plan is framed as a voluntary scheme of industry self-regulation, instead of mandatory regulation. The ministry contends that this is allowable under the constitution, and points out that similar systems are already in use in Sweden and Norway.
- FR - Filtrage automatique des contenus : l'ordre moral s'enhardit +/-
(IRIS) L'association IRIS (Imaginons un réseau Internet solidaire) apprend que le gouvernement aurait l'intention d'instaurer, par une mesure législative, le filtrage automatique et par défaut de l'accès à l'information en ligne, au prétexte de la protection des mineurs. Une proposition d'amendement législatif aurait ainsi été adoptée au cours d'une réunion interministérielle. L'annonce de cette proposition serait prévue le 22 septembre prochain, au cours de la Conférence de la famille 2005. La mesure pourrait être introduite dans le prochain projet de loi sur la prévention de la délinquance. L'amendement consisterait à ajouter à la loi pour la confiance dans l'économie numérique (LEN), après le paragraphe sur les moyens techniques de filtrage (Article 6-I.1), la disposition suivante: « Ils [les fournisseurs d'accès à Internet] mettent en oeuvre auprès de tous leurs abonnés, de manière automatique, des dispositifs techniques performants et activés par défaut qui permettent de restreindre l'accès aux services de communication au public en ligne mettant en péril les mineurs. Un décret en Conseil d'Etat fixe les modalités du présent article.»
- UK - BBC may introduce internet rating +/-
(BBC) The BBC could bring in an internet TV rating system to help people decide what to watch online. The internet labelling system will let viewers know if BBC programmes available over the internet contain sex, strong language or violence. Programmes that could be viewed on the internet 'on-demand' are not subject to normal broadcasting watersheds. The BBC will carry out a three-month trial with a 'G' for programmes that require parental guidance. see also BBC trials guidance labelling system for online programmes (Revolution).
- US - Games watchdog warns over content +/-
(BBC) Games publishers in the US have been told by the industry's watchdog that they must declare any hidden content in games released since September 2004. It follows the uproar over secret sex scenes in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which were unlocked by a fan.