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[FYI] Internet law will protect criminals


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6 April 1999. Thanks to WK. 

The Sunday Times (UK), 4 April 1999 

Internet law will protect criminals 

Police say that when new European laws are implemented this summer it
will be almost impossible to catch high-tech criminals who use the
Internet and mobile phones to plan crimes. 

The European telephone directive will make it illegal for telephone
companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to keep records of a
customer's use of the Net and his mobile phone unless the information
is needed for billing. 

With the proliferation of free Net accounts and pre-paid mobile phones
this would mean tracking consumers' use of such services would be
illegal because no bills are involved. A criminal could contest any
intelligence the police gained, arguing that it was a breach of the
Data Protection Act 1998. 


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