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> HEADLINE: Secret Service paranoia whips up snooping storm
> PUBLISHED: 2:42pm on Friday 16th March 2001
> CHANNEL: Power brokers
> AUTHOR: Peter Warren
> SERVICE: http://www.silicon.com
> TEXT OF STORY FOLLOWS:
> Privacy activists have come under fire from European
> legislators for cynically manipulating fears of state snooping.
> The storm was whipped up when leading privacy lobbyists
> claimed certain intelligence agencies, including the FBI and
> the FSB (the body which replaced the KGB), have been covertly
> involved in drafting key legislation.
> The debate centres around the Convention on Cybercrime, which
> is currently in its 23rd draft. If accepted, it will become
> law in the Council of Europe's 43 member states and will
> standardise regulations on hacking and copyright violation.
> It will also define boundaries of taste for website content,
> and may be adopted as a template for similar legislation
> throughout the world.
> The European response comes in the wake of allegations from
> privacy lobby groups that both the FBI and the FSB have made
> significant contributions to the draft bill.
> According to a source close to the situation, Henrik
> Kasperson, one of the leading members of the panel drawing up
> the legislation, accused the Council of Europe of collusion
> with the FSB.
> But this was vigorously denied by the Council of Europe.
> Peter Csonka, a European spokesman for the cybercrime bill,
> said that raising the spectre of intelligence agency
> involvement is simply an attempt by civil liberties groups to
> discredit the bill.
> Csonka said: "Neither the FSB or the Russian Government have
> been involved in this. It is in the interests of these groups
> to misrepresent this whole drafting process."
> The civil liberties lobby is concerned that attempts to curb
> racism and associated activities could be broadened under
> such laws to criminalise the websites of political
> organisations which are not approved of by European governments.
> Documents obtained by silicon.com add some credence to
> Kasperson's claim. The documents contain minutes of a closed
> session of security and intelligence experts, including
> members of the FSB. They clearly demonstrate that the current
> Russian administration wishes to be involved in what is
> likely to become a global cybercrime blueprint.
> One of President Vladimir Putin's top advisors is recorded as
> saying that one of the key aims of Russian information
> security policy will be the "harmonisation of standards
> relative to informatization (sic) and information security of
> computer... and telecoms systems".
> Inquiries by silicon.com have also determined that Russian
> interests have been represented in the debate over cybercrime
> in Europe by quasi government lobbying organisations, unknown
> to European legislators.
> For related news, see:
> Cops and spooks scale the summit of cybercrime
> Political heavyweights meet to debate cybercrime
> FBI picks up Emulex hoax suspect
> STORY ENDS
> For more information on silicon.com go to http://www.silicon.com.
> silicon.com - the who, what, when, where and why of ebusiness
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