Surveillance and security news archive
> Home
> About
> Policy Work
> Trust in E-commerce and E-government
> Surveillance and security
> News
> News by category/date
> Intellectual property and the public domain
> International law and the Internet
> Academic freedom
> Achievements
> Friends of FIPR
> Events
> Contact FIPR

July 2000 Archives

To Each His Own? - TIME

'The answer's not clear when it comes to personal data. Ideas differ about how much control we need' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:31 PM Mon 31 Jul 2000 Categories: Data retention , Privacy , TIME
'I arrest you for emailing' - The Guardian

'On Friday the Queen graciously gave her assent to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers bill after it was fast-tracked through parliament with the agreement of the two main parties. So the RIP bill is now the RIP Act, yet another piece of legislation which will prevent journalists from operating freely in the public interest.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:29 PM Mon 31 Jul 2000 Categories: Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Guardian
Every move you make, every breath you take... - The Observer

'From the moment you wake up tomorrow, nearly every movement you make will be tracked by somebody, somewhere. Walk to your car, turn on your computer at work, visit the local supermarket - all will be noted by cameras or databases deep in the bowels of corporate HQs and within shadowy government agencies.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:27 PM Sun 30 Jul 2000 Categories: Privacy , The Observer
Net firms set to flee RIP Bill - The Observer

'Claranet, the UK's largest independent Internet Service Provider, is poised to move parts of its telecoms infrastructure abroad to protect the communications traffic of its blue chip clients from potential vetting by the security services.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:25 PM Sun 30 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , The Observer
U.K. e-mail snooping bill passed - CNN

'LONDON (IDG) -- The surveillance bill granting the U.K. government sweeping powers to access e-mail and other encrypted Internet communications passed its final vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday and is set to become law on October 5.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:22 PM Fri 28 Jul 2000 Categories: CNN , Cost to industry , Cybercrime , Human Rights , Privacy
NTK 2000-07-28 - NTK

'First, the bad news: RIP got Royal Assent a few hours ago. The good news? It's all futile anyway. As a valued NTK subscriber, we know you value your privacy. We also know you are some sort of international cocaine smuggler (How do we know? Cookies, my friend, cookies). So you won't need us to remind you that you can bypass the twenty million pounds plus worth of surveillance technology that the government is foisting onto the ISP industry with a nifty combo of PGP/GnuGP, an offshore ssh shell account, and maybe a subscription to ZeroKnowledge's Freedom.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:21 PM Fri 28 Jul 2000 Categories: NTK
May your privacy RIP - The Guardian

'The 'snoopers' charter' is now ready to become law, allowing the government unprecedented powers to pry into business and personal electronic communication. But, says Online editor Victor Keegan, it's the nature of the electronic beast to find ways of escape' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:18 PM Thu 27 Jul 2000 Categories: The Guardian
Blair gets RIP thanks to a few sleepy MPs - The Register

'The government managed to slip its email snooping plans through the House of Commons on Wednesday night.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:16 PM Thu 27 Jul 2000 Categories: The Register
Snooping Bill to become law by November - VNUNET

'The House of Commons last night accepted all the House of Lords' amendments made to the so-called snooping Bill, which is now set to receive Royal Assent and become law in November.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:14 PM Thu 27 Jul 2000 Categories: VNUNET
Politicians unite in RIP love-in - The Register

'Charles Clarke, Home Office Minister, last night described the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill as "one of the most complicated pieces of legislation I've ever seen".' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:11 PM Wed 26 Jul 2000 Categories: The Register
'Snooping Bill technically inept' - BBC

'The UK Government's plans to eavesdrop on criminals that use the internet are "technically inept", say security experts.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:09 PM Wed 26 Jul 2000 Categories: BBC , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , Reports/Equiries
How to dodge RIP - The Register

'A report due to be published tonight will explain how to dodge the government's email snooping bill via a few simple steps' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:07 PM Wed 26 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
PSINet joins ISP stampede over 'Snooping Bill' - Silicon.com

'One of the world's largest internet service providers, PSINet, has said it will seriously consider leaving the UK if the government passes its controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:02 PM Fri 21 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , Silicon.com
UN report scorns UK human rights record - The Guardian

'A devastating United Nations report has condemned the UK's human rights record and called for sweeping reforms to the security services, an end to gagging orders and protection for journalists who expose wrongdoing inside MI5 and MI6.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:22 PM Thu 20 Jul 2000 Categories: Human Rights , Privacy , Reports/Equiries , The Guardian
Peers pass e-mail interception bill - BBC

'Plans to allow the security services to intercept private e-mails have passed the House of Lords.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:00 PM Thu 20 Jul 2000 Categories: BBC , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III)
RIP branded 'zombie legislation' as it passes Lords - The Register

'The Lords forced a fresh set of concessions on the government yesterday before passing its email snooping bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:59 PM Thu 20 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , The Register
Snooping bill passed by House of Lords - VNUNET

'The UK government's communications privacy bill passed relatively smoothly through the House of Lords yesterday, with just one of the 51 amendments scheduled to be heard requiring a vote.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:57 PM Thu 20 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , VNUNET
That charter for snoopers - The Guardian

'Parliament today has its last opportunity to object to the government plan to give sweeping new powers for intelligence agencies - indeed, any public authority - to conduct covert surveillance, including intercepting emails and bugging property.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:12 PM Wed 19 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Guardian
Lords join the left to curb net snoopers - The Guardian

'It is probably the most complex and technically drafted bill to go through parliament in 40 years, and even now, with the honourable exception of six or so Labour backbenchers, no one in the parliamentary Labour party has bothered to understand it. There is enormous cynicsm among MPs. They don't think they are going to get brownie points with their constituencies if they rebel.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:07 PM Wed 19 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , The Guardian
Further RIP Bill changes tabled - VNUNET

'The UK government has tabled changes to the so-called snooping bill ahead of its third reading in the House of Lords on Wednesday, but the Bill's critics remain unconvinced.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:05 PM Tue 18 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , VNUNET
No 10's leaked memo reveals faults in RIP bill - The Guardian

'If hackers can access the government's site, it sends a highly pessimistic message to companies around the world planning to do electronic business with UK companies. And, of course, individuals as well.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:02 PM Mon 17 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , The Guardian
RIP to civil liberties and the e-business revolution - The Observer

'On Thursday, the British Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill completed its passage through the Lords, on its way to the Statute Book in October. Although their Lordships have done some sterling work in Committee, the Bill that now returns to the Lower House preserves intact its sinister essence as a spooks' charter.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:59 PM Sun 16 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Privacy , The Observer
Lords do their worst on RIP - The Register

'The House of Lords voted against an opposition move that would have required the home secretary to sign warrants forcing companies to turn over decryption keys. But ministers won by just one vote. Had they lost, it would have been their third defeat in 24 hours.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:57 PM Fri 14 Jul 2000 Categories: The Register
NTK 2000-07-14 - NTK

'As NTK readers' attention spans collapse under the barrage of our saturation RIP coverage, we thought we'd enter a bit of a quiet period. But afore we go, one final glimpse at the one remaining pressure group still supporting the Bill: self-proclaimed protector of the kids, BARONESS THORNTON (wife of anti-RIP rentaquote, John Carr). In the dying moments of the Lords debate, the good Baroness launched a spectacular, and somewhat desperate, attack on critics of the Bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:55 PM Fri 14 Jul 2000 Categories: NTK
UK snooping bill key amendment defeated - VNUNET

'An amendment to the so-called snooping bill requiring the Home Secretary to sign all warrants requesting decryption codes was defeated by just one vote in the House of Lords yesterday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:52 PM Fri 14 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , VNUNET
Advisory board to monitor RIP enforcement - VNUNET

'The House of Lords last night voted to allow ISPs to appeal to a technical advisory board if they felt the government was making unreasonable technical demands on them to enforce its so-called snooping bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:50 PM Fri 14 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
Peers move to ease RIP cost fears - VNUNET

'The House of Lords last night moved to calm fears among internet service providers that they would bear the brunt of the cost of implementing the so-called snooping bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:49 PM Fri 14 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
Lament of the cheesed-off chiefs - The Guardian

'Bob Brace, vice-president of channel marketing for Nokia, said the RIP bill was a waste of time. "Most government officials are not IT literate and do not understand what the bill actually means," he said.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:47 PM Thu 13 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , The Guardian
Safeguard over e-mail 'snooping' Bill - BBC

'The government has agreed a new safeguard on its 'snooping Bill' aimed at tackling cyber crime, to try to ease opponents' fears over potential abuse by security forces.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:41 PM Thu 13 Jul 2000 Categories: BBC , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1)
Minister slams RIP objections as 'ill founded' - The Register

'Home Office Minister Charles Clarke has labelled concerns over the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill from an alliance of 50 UK organisations "ill founded".' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:39 PM Wed 12 Jul 2000 Categories: Privacy , The Register
'Snooping' bill protests stepped up - BBC

'Opponents of the government's "snooping" bill are keeping up the pressure to amend or scrap the controversial legislation.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:37 PM Wed 12 Jul 2000 Categories: BBC , Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1)
UK groups urge Lords to scrap RIP Bill - VNUNET

'An alliance of more than 50 UK organisations has called on the House of Lords to scrap the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:35 PM Wed 12 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
ISPs RIP warning - BBC

'The UK Government's "snooping bill" is making internet companies consider moving their businesses overseas.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:33 PM Tue 11 Jul 2000 Categories: BBC , Cost to industry , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1)
ISPs fly to continent to escape RIP - The Register

'Two more ISPs have threatened to up sticks and move their email systems overseas if the government goes ahead with its planned Web snooping plans.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:31 PM Tue 11 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
ISP considers quitting UK over RIP bill - VNUNET

'A Manchester-based ISP is threatening to move some of its services abroad to protect client confidentiality if the UK government does not make significant changes to the so-called internet snooping bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:28 PM Mon 10 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Firm's threat over 'net-spying' Bill - thisismoney

'A major internet service provider is threatening to quit Britain if the Government pushes ahead with a controversial bill to snoop on e-mails. Poptel, which provides net services to the TUC as well as various unions and voluntary groups, said that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill should be rethought.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:26 PM Sun 9 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , thisismoney
ISP RIPs up UK domicile - The Register

'Poptel, a British ISP which counts the Trades Union Congress TUC) among its customers, is threatening to move abroad, unless the Government ditches email snooping rights introduced through the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:24 PM Sun 9 Jul 2000 Categories: Human Rights , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Register
Crackdown on computer criminals - BBC

'The UK Government is setting up an agency dedicated to fighting cyber-crime. The high-tech crime unit will help police forces cope with the growing numbers of criminals who use computers and tackle the new crimes that computers make possible.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:21 PM Fri 7 Jul 2000 Categories: BBC , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1)
Police email snooping powers tamed - VNUNET

'Home Office ministers have moved to restrict the police's power to snoop on internet surfing and email, to ease the public's fears of 'Big Brother' law enforcement.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:19 PM Fri 7 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Internet spy bill set at 20m - The Guardian

'The government is to hand business 20m to cover the cost of installing "black box recorders" from which the security services will be able to intercept internet traffic, including emails.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:17 PM Fri 7 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Guardian
Concern over RIP Bill continues to rise - VNUNET

'UK government changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill have done little to placate opposition to the legislation.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:15 PM Thu 6 Jul 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
Net laws 'still allow snooping' - BBC

'Changes to the UK Government's "snooping" Bill have done little to limit the power it gives police to spy on citizens, say civil liberty campaigners.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:09 PM Thu 6 Jul 2000 Categories: BBC , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1)
RIP will turn Britain into police state - Clinton Web guru - The Register

'Bill Clinton's Web guru has come out against Tony Blair's Internet snooping plans - saying they are tantamount to turning Britain into a police state' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:08 PM Thu 6 Jul 2000 Categories: Human Rights , The Register
RIP bill mocked for passing 'complexity pain barrier' - journalism.co.uk

'The UK Government has amended its plans to give authorities sweeping new powers to police the internet after withering criticism from campaigners and a threatened backlash in the House of Lords.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:05 PM Mon 3 Jul 2000 Categories: Reverse of burden of proof , journalism.co.uk
Climbdown on e-snooping Bill - The Observer

'A raft of amendments is expected to the highly controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill which is currently passing through Parliament. Legal experts predict there will be more embarrassing climbdowns for the Government in the next few weeks.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:00 PM Sun 2 Jul 2000 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , The Observer
Locked in the crypt - Internet Magazine

'When the Government published the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill in February, it looked like Home Secretary Jack Straw and his ministerial poodle Charles Clarke were just demonstrating how little they understood the Net. The idea was to bring police phone-tapping powers up to date so they applied to online communications. But the Home Office slipped in two rather nasty proposals.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:22 PM Sat 1 Jul 2000 Categories: Internet Magazine , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1)