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[FYI] (Fwd) Business on Straw

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Date sent:      	Wed, 03 Oct 2001 11:23:36 +0100
To:             	ukcrypto@chiark.greenend.org.uk
From:           	Donald ramsbottom <donald@ramsbottom.co.uk>
Subject:        	Business on Straw
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>From CW360:


>                   Business groups deny Straw's accusation 
>                   by  Bruce Ackland 
>                   Tuesday 2 October 2001 
>                   Business organisations have reacted with anger and
>                   concern to Foreign Secretary Jack Straw's claim
>                   that opponents
of the
>                   Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)
undermined the
>                   fight against terrorism. 
>                   Straw last week branded opponents of Internet
>                   surveillance legislation as "na´ve" and claimed
>                   that the changes to
RIPA they
>                   had forced on the government weakened its ability
>                   to
>                   communications from terrorists.
>                   The e.centre, an e-business trade group, was
>                   particularly angered by the former home
>                   secretary's statement 
>                   E.centre's managing director Alan Boxer said: "Who
>                   does Mr Straw think has been na´ve in this regard?
>                   I certainly
do not
>                   accept that e.centre and our 16,000 corporate
>                   members
from all
>                   industrial sectors deserve to be accused. 
>                   "The e.centre has always supported the
>                   government's
policy in
>                   trying to establish an interception regime to
>                   police
threats to the
>                   economic well-being of the UK. But when government
>                   communication service providers to set up systems
>                   which
>                   technically not feasible, it is only right that
industry points out the
>                   unworkable nature of such a strategy," he added.
>                   The Institute of Directors (IoD) said tactics used
>                   in
fighting the
>                   RIP Act would have to be reconsidered following
>                   the
attacks on
>                   the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
>                   Richard Barron, policy unit director of the IoD,
>                   said:
"The events
>                   of 11 September have put a different complexion on
>                   the
>                   It changes the whole nature of the argument. There
>                   will
be more
>                   data interception and therefore more burdens on
>                   companies.
>                   "I would hope against a knee-jerk reaction from
>                   the
>                   but we totally understand the need for heightened
>                   legislation. I just hope the government can be
>                   clear
about what
>                   they plan to do."
>                   Pamela Taylor, senior e-business policy adviser at
>                   the Confederation of British Industry, added: "We
>                   are as
>                   about terrorism as the government, but we would
>                   urge
>                   when it comes to increased data interception. The
events in the
>                   US demonstrated that business is a key target for
terrorists and
>                   we hope that in response to this the government
>                   will
continue to
>                   seek a balance between new anti-terror legislation
>                   and business interests

Donald Ramsbottom BA LLb (Hons) PGdip
Ramsbottom & Co Solicitors
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