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Archives for 'Data retention' category.

Abandon data retention plans, urge privacy groups - ZDNET

'The British government's oft-criticised data retention plans will open up your phone and email records to law enforcement agents from the UK to beyond the Urals, say critics' link

Posted by SteveC at 11:27 AM Tue 4 Nov 2003 Categories: Data retention , Surveillance & Security , ZDNET
UK 'snoopers charter' claimed to break EU law - The Register

'The data retention regimes in operation or preparation in at least ten European states are unlawful, and breach the European Convention on Human Rights, according to a legal opinion released today.' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:39 PM Thu 16 Oct 2003 Categories: Data retention , Human Rights , Surveillance & Security , The Register
Silenced: Censorship and Control of the Internet - Privacy International

'Silenced is an independent research initiative managed jointly by Privacy International and the GreenNet Educational Trust. The twelve-month project was undertaken through a collaboration of more than fifty experts and advocates throughout the world.' link

Posted by SteveC at 06:45 PM Sun 21 Sep 2003 Categories: Data retention , Privacy , Privacy International , Reports/Equiries
'Snoopers' charter' backs council spies - The Times

'COUNCILS will have powers to run undercover agents and secret surveillance to halt fraud or crime under government proposal' link

Posted by SteveC at 12:07 PM Mon 15 Sep 2003 Categories: Data retention , Govt. Consultations , RIP Oversight (Part IV) , RIP Statutory Instrument (Part I Chapter 2) , The Times
Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2003 - Govt. Consultations

Consultation Paper on a Code of Practice for Voluntary Retention of Communications Data (under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001) Response to the Consultation Paper. Access to Communications Data ? respecting privacy and protecting the public from crime Response to the Consultation Paper

Posted by SteveC at 11:46 AM Fri 12 Sep 2003 Categories: Data retention , Govt. Consultations , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2)
Business rejects EU data law plans -

'"We are not convinced law enforcement agencies understand how much data they'll have to deal with." Farrell said the coalition was opposed to data retention but supported data preservation where law enforcement agencies could ask a service provider to preserve data on a specified customer rather than for everyone.' link

Posted by SteveC at 01:44 PM Thu 5 Jun 2003 Categories: , Data retention , Govt. Consultations
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
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
FIPR welcomes Government rethink on snooping powers - FIPR releases

The Home Office is reported to have postponed its proposals to amend the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act to allow a huge increase in the official that can access personal details of phone calls and emails.

Attention was first drawn to the highly technical Regulations encapsulating this change by an FIPR Press Release on 10th June. The story has since become headline news and the Government has now decided not to proceed with these changes.

Ian Brown, Director of FIPR welcomed this news, "these proposals were poorly considered, poorly justified and over the past week have been condemned by almost everyone outside of Whitehall. The Home Office must now tear them up and start again from first principles."

He continued, "we are as keen as anyone else in seeing wrongdoing investigated, but we don't think that handing out such wide-reaching powers to every bureaucrat in the land is compatible with living in a free society. The Government needs to carefully consider whether self-authorisation can ever be appropriate for this type of invasion of privacy and they need to pay a lot more attention to the oversight regime. An Interception Commissioner who doesn't have the resources to open all his mail is no credible way to ensure that abuse is detected."

Read the full press release here

Posted by SteveC at 01:24 PM Tue 18 Jun 2002 Categories: Data retention , FIPR releases , RIP Comms Data (Part I Chapter 2)
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