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May 2003 Archives

ID card 'tricks' anger net users - BBC

'Net activists are pressing the UK Government to explain what has happened to thousands of public responses that expressed doubts about the merits of ID cards. ' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:31 PM Fri 30 May 2003 Categories: BBC , ID Cards
FIPR response to the retention of communications data consultation - FIPR releases

'...We therefore strongly urge that the Home Office drop all plans for retention and allow the powers to require it to lapse on 13 December 2003 under s.105 of ATCS. They should follow the lead of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and rely instead on data preservation powers.'

Read the full response

Posted by SteveC at 01:29 PM Fri 30 May 2003 Categories: Data retention , FIPR releases
Spooks 'to share terror secrets' - BBC

'The UK's latest move in the fight against terrorism is a secret project to bring together intelligence data from the UK's security agencies, say reports.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:33 PM Thu 29 May 2003 Categories: BBC , Data retention , Privacy
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
Big Brother 'watches more of us every year' - The Telegraph

Police and government officials are demanding access to personal data on telephone calls and internet use of more than one million people every year, according to figures released yesterday. link

Posted by SteveC at 12:54 PM Wed 21 May 2003 Categories: Privacy , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , The Telegraph
Extent of UK snooping revealed - BBC

Officials in the UK are routinely demanding huge quantities of information about what people do online and who they call, say privacy experts. link

Posted by SteveC at 01:19 PM Fri 16 May 2003 Categories: BBC , Privacy
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
Want to know what happens to your personal data? -

'Privacy International is urging the UK public to contact their communications operators to find out how much data is being stored about them. This move, the organisation believes, should help to establish how much information is kept in customer records and could also encourage greater respect for privacy.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:53 PM Fri 16 May 2003 Categories: Privacy ,
Whistle blown over extent of UK data seizures - ZDNET

'Around one billion pieces of personal data are handed over to the police and other official bodies each year by communications companies, privacy advocates have calculated' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:50 PM Fri 16 May 2003 Categories: Privacy , ZDNET
Data retainers unite! You have nothing to lose but your freedoms - The Inquirer

'THE WEARINESS with which I approach yet again the subject of data retention tells me something about how bad policies get passed. The people who want them just keep plugging away until everyone's too exhausted to fight any more.' - link

Posted by SteveC at 11:42 PM Mon 12 May 2003 Categories: RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2) , The Inquirer
European Industry Groups Oppose Mandatory ISP Data Retention -

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is heading a coalition of
industry groups opposing mandatory data retention laws being discussed
by EU ministers. The ICC represents worldwide and European business,
including most major Internet service providers (ISPs) and
manufacturers. The coalition is challenging EU member states on
proposals that would require communication service providers to store
details of all calls, e-mails and transactions for use by law
enforcement agencies. In a joint statement, the coalition said:
"Business is concerned about the lack of co-ordination internationally.
In addition, the low level of dialogue with experts will result in
national policies on traffic data that severely harm communication
service providers and, in turn, their end-user customers." Maria
Farrell, with the ICC Commission on E-Business, IT and Telecoms, said
the coalition was opposed to data retention laws that would put a huge
burden on communication service providers. "We are also concerned about
consumer privacy, particularly if customers lose trust in the
communications infrastructure." The coalition does support data
preservation, where law enforcement agencies could ask a service
provider to preserve data on a specified customer rather than for

Source: "Business Rejects EU Data Law Plans," Cliff Saran, ComputerWeekly,

Posted by SteveC at 02:12 PM Tue 6 May 2003 Categories: , Cost to industry , Data retention
Computer crime sentences are 'not good enough' - The Register

So is additional legislation needed?
Not according to Detective Chief Superintendent Les Hynds, head of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, who said existing laws - such as the Computer Misuse Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act - are adequate. However he added a rider that neither piece of legislation has been fully tested in court. link

Posted by SteveC at 05:20 PM Fri 2 May 2003 Categories: Cybercrime , The Register