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[FYI] EU Scraps Global Net tapping plans... for now


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16 October 1999. 

We would appreciate hearing from anyone who has more information on 
the Enfopol report below, or pointers to other stories.

Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 15:32:18 +0100
To: raven@ietf.org
From: Nicholas Bohm <nbohm@ernest.net>
Subject: [Raven] International consistency of requirements

I am copying to this list a post to cyber-rights-uk.  It suggests that
there are continuing doubts about what the interception requirements 
be in the EU.

This must make it hard for the IETF to know what requirements its 
work is
aimed at meeting; and must also increase the chances that any 
standards set
by the IETF will provide an easy pathway for law enforcement bodies'
attempts to define their requirements:  "I want whatever she's 


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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 09:23:23 +0100
To: cyber-rights-UK@cyber-rights.org
From: Paul Guinnessy <starbird@ftech.co.uk>
Subject: EU Scraps Global Net tapping plans... for now

*** EU Scraps Global Net tapping plans... for now

The Register <http://www.theregister.co.uk> reports: Europe's plans to
introduce a global wiretapping system including the monitoring of e-
and the Internet are to be scrapped.

"The decision by the European Council of Member States to abandon the
current text of the proposal is expected to be announced within the 
next two
days before being formally set before the European Parliament on 
The Register reports.

"According to senior sources close to the Finnish presidency of the 
EU, the
European Council wants to redraft completely the text for the European
recommendation on the Interception of Internet traffic, known as 
The Register reports.

"Britain and the Netherlands, alongside industry bodies such as the 
Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA), have been 
lobbying for
some time to get the draft dropped. Although the current draft looks 
set to
be ditched, opponents to any form of government-sanctioned earwigging 
still likely to be introduced at some point in the future," The 

"As it stands the current proposal would have allowed law enforcement
authorities extensive access to communications performed via the 
and other "new technologies," The Register reports.

Read the full article, including comments, at: The Register,

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