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April 2000 Archives

Computer cloaks and digital daggers - BBC

'The announcement that the government is to spend 25m on a new internet surveillance centre capable of tracking and intercepting electronic communications is clear evidence that a new era of digital spying has been ushered in.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:55 PM Sun 30 Apr 2000 Categories: BBC , Cybercrime , Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1)
UK Building Eavesdropping Infrastructure - Slashdot

'This Sunday Times story about a new office under MI5 scheduled to open later this year with the innocuous name of "Government Technical Assistance Centre" to oversee the content of e-mail sent by and to Britons ought to give pause to anyone interested in online privacy. Though governments will always be several steps behind determined privacy seekers, this bodes ill for anyone who'd prefer to keep the contents of their e-mail even nominally secret. "The security service and the police will still need Home Office permission to search for e-mails and internet traffic, but they can apply for general warrants that would enable them to intercept communications for a company or an organisation," says the article. How comforting.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:59 PM Sat 29 Apr 2000 Categories: Cybercrime , Privacy , RIP Interception (Part I Chapter 1) , Slashdot
NTK 2000-04-28 - NTK

'Third reading is on May 8th. Let's see if the government can find someone who actually likes the new law by then' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:52 PM Fri 28 Apr 2000 Categories: Govt. Consultations , NTK
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
Wiretapping may cost ISPs 17m - report - ZDNET

'Wiretapping the Internet -- in accordance with the government's controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Bill -- will cost Britain's 400 ISPs at least 17m in the first year, with the total cost to both ISPs and the government rising to around 30m according to a report published Thursday.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:45 PM Wed 26 Apr 2000 Categories: Cost to industry , Govt. Consultations , ZDNET
Jack Straw wants the keys to your office. Don't let him in ... - The Observer

'Big mistake. It's becoming clear that Straw & Co have no idea of the nightmare they are creating. Their screwball Bill is the product of a shambles in Whitehall over online regulation.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:41 PM Sun 16 Apr 2000 Categories: Privacy , RIP Forced Decryption (Part III) , The Observer
Echelon in Holland - TELEPOLIS

'The Dutch Intelligence Agency BVD is getting new powers. Among other things, the powers to intercept communications will be extended. The agency is authorized, if the government gets its way, to intercept satellite communications at random and search the intercepted traffic by keywords. Also, the BVD gets a new intelligence task: the gathering of economical information. Holland goes Echelon, it seems.' link

Posted by SteveC at 02:37 PM Tue 11 Apr 2000 Categories: Privacy , TELEPOLIS