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Forwarded: cr> UK ISP association gives police secret briefing

Ist ja vielleicht auch fuer .de zumindest interessant, habs hier noch nicht
gesehen. Lesen und Spass haben:

>UK ISPA Give Police Secret Briefing and new CR&CL(UK) report launched
>Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) has discovered that the Internet
>Service Providers Association ("ISPA") last year gave a secret
>briefing to the Association of Chief Police Officers ("ACPO") about
>the ISP industry capabilities for the provision of information to the
>police about their customers. This new "Who Watches the Watchmen"
>report therefore brings into the open what your ISP can do for the
>police with your Internet account.
>The publication of this new report entitled "Who Watches the Watchmen:
>Part III - ISP Capabilities for the Provision of Personal Information
>to the Police,"
>(<http://www.cyber-rights.org/privacy/watchmen-iii.htm>) follows the
>development of a "privacy letter" from the consumer's perspective by
>the Leeds based organisation, and an exchange of letters between
>Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) and the ACPO/ISPs and the
>Government Forum in December 1998.
>Mr Yaman Akdeniz (lawya@cyber-rights.org), director of Cyber-Rights &
>Cyber-Liberties (UK) stated that:
>"With all these possibilities and capabilities for the provisions of
>information through the ISPs to the police, the ISPA runs the risk of
>becoming the Big Brother Providers Association. The leaked report
>shows that our concerns were fully justified, and that secrecy, rather
>than `media disinformation' was at work with the activities of the
>ACPO/ISPs Forum."
>Mr Nicholas Bohm (nbohm@cyber-rights.org), E-Commerce Policy Adviser
>for Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) added:
>"The police need help to understand how to deal with Internet crime,
>and ISPA is of course free to give them that help. But ISPs also have
>responsibilities to their customers, and for ISPA to produce a report
>in secret for the benefit of the police is bound to send out
>completely the wrong message. ISPA should have been open about it, so
>that there can be proper debate and public understanding of the
>difficult issues involved. Getting the best out of the Internet
>depends on public confidence in it and its operators, and secret
>reports are no way to build confidence."
>The new Watchmen report concludes that "transparency, openness and
>accountability are important features of a healthy society. We believe
>it is now time for the Government through the Parliament to intervene
>in the activities of the ACPO/ISPs, Government Forum and clarify these
>matters including the laws in relation to interception of
>communications and the relevant procedures."
>Notes for the Media:
>This press release will be available at
>Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK), "Who Watches the Watchmen: Part
>III - ISP Capabilities for the Provision of Personal Information to
>the Police," February 1999, at
>UK Internet Users Privacy Letter is at
>Contact Information:
>Mr Yaman Akdeniz, director
>Address: Centre For Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds, LS2
>9JT. Direct Telephone: +44 498 865116 Fax: 0113- 2335056 E-mail:
>Mr Nicholas Bohm, E-Commerce Policy Adviser,
>Phone: 01279 871272 (+44 1279 871272)
>Fax: 01279 870215 (+44 1279 870215)
>E-mail: nbohm@cyber-rights.org
>Yaman Akdeniz <lawya@leeds.ac.uk>
>Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) at: http://www.cyber-rights.org
>Read the new CR&CL (UK) Report, Who Watches the Watchmen, Part:II
>Accountability & Effective Self-Regulation in the Information Age,
>August 1998 at http://www.cyber-rights.org/watchmen-ii.htm