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Archives for 'VNUNET' category.

Government snoop dogs get dogged - VNUNET

Privacy International is calling for UK consumers to take part in a 'Know your Data' campaign after warning that police and other agencies made hundreds of thousands of requests for data about individuals this year. link

Posted by SteveC at 12:57 PM Wed 21 May 2003 Categories: Privacy , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , VNUNET
IT managers fear for their servers - VNUNET

'As the annual number of public sector requests for communications data begins to emerge, IT managers have expressed concerns that police could seize their servers.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:57 PM Fri 16 May 2003 Categories: Privacy , VNUNET
Government outlines data retention plans - VNUNET

'Under the government proposals, mobile operators and internet service providers (ISPs) will be required to store information on users for up to 12 months. Details of who sent and received emails will need to be kept for six months.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:27 PM Wed 12 Mar 2003 Categories: Code of Practice , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Government plans snooping expansion - VNUNET

'The government is planning a massive extension of the number of public bodies that can snoop on details of telephone calls, email and web traffic.' link

Posted by SteveC at 07:25 PM Wed 12 Jun 2002 Categories: Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Government unleashes hi-tech super sleuths - VNUNET

'This morning saw the launch of the UK's first dedicated cybercrime squad, committed to tackling hi-tech crime on the internet.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:47 PM Wed 18 Apr 2001 Categories: Cybercrime , Surveillance & Security , VNUNET
Government unleashes hi-tech super sleuths - VNUNET

Government unleashes hi-tech super sleuths

Posted by SteveC at 12:45 PM Wed 18 Apr 2001 Categories: Cybercrime , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Are your staff surfing safely? - VNUNET

'An acceptable usage policy (AUP) determines what an organisation's link to the internet may be used for, and it's a legal minefield for many administrators. A guide to developing your own policies is now available to be downloaded free of charge (see below).' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:38 PM Mon 9 Apr 2001 Categories: VNUNET
Are your staff surfing safely? - VNUNET

Are your staff surfing safely?- ...the Home
Office has promised to publish a code of practice covering RIP [wrong
- not about this]
, its publication has been delayed....George
Gardiner, senior partner at solicitors Buchanan Ingersol...called on the
Home Office [??!!] to delay publication of the
code no longer than is strictly necessary.

Posted by SteveC at 01:03 PM Mon 9 Apr 2001 Categories: Code of Practice , Cybercrime , RIP Oversight (Part IV) , VNUNET
Cybercop slams EU law - VNUNET

'Britain's leading cybercop has slammed European Union data processing legislation which he says makes it impossible for police to smash online crime rings.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:27 PM Mon 12 Mar 2001 Categories: Cybercrime , Surveillance & Security , VNUNET
Cybercrimes treaty edges closer - VNUNET

'The completion of the controversial Council of Europe cybercrimes treaty edged a step closer this week, when it was discussed by committee members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in public for the first time.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:24 PM Wed 7 Mar 2001 Categories: Cybercrime , Surveillance & Security , VNUNET
UUNet falls foul of RIP Act - VNUNET

'UUNet last week became the first internet service provider (ISP) to fall foul of tough new laws on intercepting emails.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:45 PM Wed 24 Jan 2001 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , Surveillance & Security , VNUNET
ISPs draw up 'say and pay' list for police - VNUNET

'Internet service providers (ISPs) are drawing up a list of what they will tell the police about their customers when under criminal investigation, and how much they will charge for the information.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:39 PM Tue 16 Jan 2001 Categories: Cost to industry , Surveillance & Security , VNUNET
Home Office rapped over cybercrime plans - VNUNET

'Civil liberties groups have slammed the Home Office's decision to appoint 80 dedicated 'cybercops' to tackle online crime.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:47 PM Tue 14 Nov 2000 Categories: Cybercrime , VNUNET
Ex-Nato chief launches attack on RIP Act - VNUNET

'A former Nato director has made a stinging attack on the UK government over its cyber snooping law.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:27 PM Wed 1 Nov 2000 Categories: Cybercrime , Privacy , VNUNET
At what cost human rights? - VNUNET

'The enactment of the Human Rights Act (HRA) into English law last week has led to dire predictions about the potential cost of litigation to business.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:13 PM Thu 12 Oct 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , VNUNET
Fresh confusion over email monitoring - VNUNET

'Businesses could face legal action from their employees because of a conflict between new snooping and human rights laws.' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:53 AM Wed 4 Oct 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Human Rights , VNUNET
Firms warned over email interception - VNUNET

'Businesses could be inadvertently infringing staff privacy rights introduced this week under the Human Rights Act (HRA).' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:30 PM Mon 2 Oct 2000 Categories: Human Rights , VNUNET
US spy software could devour RIP - VNUNET

'Developers in the US have uncovered a way of snubbing the American equivalent of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, prompting speculation that a similar system could be introduced into the UK.'

Posted by SteveC at 04:22 PM Wed 27 Sep 2000 Categories: Technical countermeasures , VNUNET
E-minister defends snooping law - VNUNET

'Ecommerce minister Patricia Hewitt has defended the UK government's unpopular Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act as a price worth paying to fight child pornography.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:24 PM Tue 26 Sep 2000 Categories: VNUNET
Watch how you go! - part two - VNUNET

'At the time of writing, the UK government's infamous Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill (the so-called Snooper's Charter or RIP, in common parlance) is still undergoing considerable changes.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:14 PM Wed 20 Sep 2000 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Email snooping debate is over - VNUNET

'Email interception proposals will finally become law next month following the conclusion on Friday of an extended consultation period to clarify exactly who has the power to snoop on whom.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:10 PM Fri 15 Sep 2000 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
US users bite back at snooping law - VNUNET

'Against this background it's not too surprising what Americans think of their government's equivalent to the sealed boxes that UK security services can install at ISPs under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. As in, not much.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:30 PM Tue 5 Sep 2000 Categories: Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
RIP Bill hit by delay over email rules - VNUNET

'The UK government has admitted it will have only a partial set of email interception rules in place by its 2 October deadline.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:24 PM Fri 25 Aug 2000 Categories: RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
RIP interception rules still unclear - VNUNET

'The UK government plans to lengthen the consultation period for the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, following confusion over companies' powers to intercept internal email.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:22 PM Fri 25 Aug 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Govt. Consultations , VNUNET
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
House of Lords slows progress of RIP Bill - VNUNET

'Opposition lords claimed last week that there was a chance, with cross-party support, that they could make significant amendments to curb the "worst" aspects of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill. The legislation is certainly getting a bumpy ride, but it would not be the first time that proposals extending surveillance powers have been rejected.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:15 PM Thu 29 Jun 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , VNUNET
MP to launch RIP Bill inquiry - VNUNET

'The chairman of a cross-party information select committee is launching a parliamentary inquiry into the technical weaknesses of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:09 PM Wed 28 Jun 2000 Categories: Govt. Consultations , Reports/Equiries , VNUNET
Industry unimpressed by RIP Bill changes - VNUNET

'In the face of mounting criticism, the government last night suggested changes to the so-called snooping bill that would soften its impact on UK businesses.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:02 PM Tue 27 Jun 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
Lords say RIP Bill can be defeated - VNUNET

'Opposition to the UK government's so-called snooping bill is growing among members of the House of Lords, it emerged last night.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:42 PM Thu 22 Jun 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
Net tapping Bill fatally flawed - VNUNET

'A technical loophole that could render the Government's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill (RIP) useless has been exposed' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:36 PM Fri 16 Jun 2000 Categories: RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
DTI says snooping bill should be reviewed - VNUNET

'UK Trade and Industry secretary Stephen Byers said the Home Office should consider changing the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill, which will give police agencies the power to intercept email, in light of business concerns.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:50 PM Fri 16 Jun 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
RIP Bill will "cost UK economy 46 billion" - VNUNET

'The government has been warned that it risks costing the UK economy 46 billion over the next five years unless it makes substantial changes to its Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:48 PM Thu 15 Jun 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
Snooping bill will cost 46bn, claims report - VNUNET

'Industry opposition to the UK government's proposed communications snooping bill has intensified following the publication of a report claiming it could cost UK business a massive 46bn over its first five years.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:15 PM Tue 13 Jun 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
Industry urges rethink on UK snooping Bill - VNUNET

'Business leaders have joined the growing chorus of criticism against the UK government's communications snooping bill as it enters a key stage in the House of Lords today.' link

Posted by SteveC at 05:46 PM Mon 12 Jun 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
Privacy group throws book at Amazon - VNUNET

'Caspar Bowden, director of think tank the Foundation for Information Policy Research, and Conservative peer Lord Cope of Berkeley were awarded 'Winstons' for opposing the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act, which empowers UK bugging of the internet. Work by Bowden and Lord Cope resulted in extra safeguards against abuse of the Act's powers.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:13 PM Mon 12 Jun 2000 Categories: Privacy International , Surveillance & Security , VNUNET
RIP Bill faces fresh attack - VNUNET

'The British Chambers of Commerce has warned the government that its proposals to allow the interception of emails by law enforcement agencies could expose businesses to breach of confidentiality charges.' link

Posted by SteveC at 04:06 PM Fri 9 Jun 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , VNUNET
Is New Labour delivering on its ecommerce promises? - VNUNET

'According to a former UK Government press officer, New Labour's technique for getting ideas into UK citizens' heads is to repeat its slogans again, and again, and again.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:02 PM Fri 19 May 2000 Categories: Misc , VNUNET
UK government forces through net spy bill - VNUNET

'The UK government is bracing itself for a major fight in the Lords over the cost and scope of legislation forcing ISPs to give police access to customers' internet traffic.'

Posted by SteveC at 03:53 PM Wed 10 May 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Snooping bill under attack again - VNUNET

'The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill, which will give the state powers to eavesdrop on internet traffic, was amended by the government in its third Commons reading on Monday, but without satisfying its critics.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:51 PM Wed 10 May 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , VNUNET
Critics launch fresh attack on RIP Bill - VNUNET

'The UK government will come under attack again on Monday at the third reading of its controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:24 PM Fri 5 May 2000 Categories: Govt. Consultations , VNUNET
Delays hit email privacy law - VNUNET

'A new law that gives police the power to intercept emails could be delayed, due to disputes in Parliament about whether or not net users should have to prove their innocence.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:15 PM Wed 26 Apr 2000 Categories: Privacy , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Industry slams cost of UK snooping bill - VNUNET

'Critics have slammed an independent report into the UK government's proposed communications snooping bill which puts an estimated 34m price tag on the bill's implementation.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:48 PM Wed 26 Apr 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Govt. Consultations , VNUNET
New law opens up private data to MI5 - VNUNET

'Users attending the fifth Scrambling for Safety conference last week were in for a shock when they gathered in London to debate the UK government's draft legislation on bugging communications.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:29 AM Fri 31 Mar 2000 Categories: Privacy , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
Snooping powers could harm cheap net access - VNUNET

'Tumbling internet access charges in the UK could be abruptly halted if the government forces ISPs to maintain expensive email interception facilities. Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill, the government wants police agencies to have more control over electronic communications, including the power to intercept email.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:14 AM Fri 24 Mar 2000 Categories: RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET
UK government answers snooping bill critics - VNUNET

'The Home Office minister in charge of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill has publicly defended the controversial legislation against accusations that it breeches human rights.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:09 AM Thu 23 Mar 2000 Categories: Govt. Consultations , Human Rights , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , VNUNET
Industry tackles UK government over snooping bill - VNUNET

'Industry groups and encryption users will today get their first chance to grill UK government ministers and Home Office officials in public about the controversial communications snooping bill.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:03 AM Wed 22 Mar 2000 Categories: Govt. Consultations , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , VNUNET
UK email interception bill stumbles - VNUNET

'The government's proposed communications interception bill could be delayed after the Conservative Party asked for a key part of the proposal to be changed. Shadow Home Secretary, Anne Widdecombe, said during The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill's second reading in the House of Commons today, that the Tories would oppose the third reading of the bill if the 'burden of proof' part of it was not changed.' link

Posted by SteveC at 03:00 PM Tue 7 Mar 2000 Categories: RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , VNUNET
Encryption at the mercy of the law - VNUNET

'The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill, which allows police to intercept network data, sparked a storm of controversy when it was published by the UK government. The Bill, published on 10 February, updates legislation on the monitoring and interception of public and private communications and data by law enforcement agencies. It sets out rules and regulations for wire-tapping phones and data lines within ISP infrastructure, and the decoding of privately encrypted data.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:47 PM Mon 28 Feb 2000 Categories: Privacy , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , VNUNET