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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: ISPs must keep copies of email messages for 3 months

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Date sent:      	Wed, 03 Nov 1999 11:26:49 -0800
To:             	politech@vorlon.mit.edu
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:        	FC: ISPs must keep copies of email messages for 3 months, say G8
 	government officials at meeting in (how appropriate) Moscow
Send reply to:  	declan@well.com

And more info on Echelon:


GILC Alert
Volume 3, Issue 7
November 3, 1999

Welcome to the Global Internet Liberty Campaign Newsletter.

Welcome to GILC Alert, the newsletter of the Global Internet Liberty
Campaign. We are an international organization of groups working for
cyber-liberties, who are determined to preserve civil liberties and
human rights on the Internet.


== [12] Government officials meet in Moscow over Internet surveillance
= Prosecutors from around the world were to meet to hatch new plans
for tapping the Internet.

The meeting was scheduled to occur on October 19-20 in Moscow.
Attending the meeting were to be Ministers of Interior and Justice of
the G-8 nations, including the United States, Japan, and Canada. Among
the proclaimed goals of these leaders is an obligatory agreement with
European Union member states and so-called observer countries. These
member states want greater international cooperation and greater
powers to perform transnational computer searches for major criminal
offenses. These powers would be "subject to specific hedge clauses for
appropriate protection of the sovereignty of other states".

Perhaps the most notable proposal was an attempt to standardize the
length of time for which Internet service providers would have to keep
copies of their subscribers' e-mail messages. In March, the G-8
Ministers had suggested Internet service providers should freeze and
store suspect communication data immediately on request of
investigators. Under this procedure, known as "Freeze and Preserve",
the police could seize and evaluate the suspect data and evaluate,
assuming they had a judicial order or other suitable legal basis. The
European Union data-security commissioners recommended that
telecommunications operators should be allowed to keep data for up to
three months.

Other proposals would force computer manufacturers to install a "Black
Box" to allow investigators easier access to privately held computers.
It remains to be seen what possible safeguards will be included to
prevent unnecessary government intrusion in cyberspace.

The event was shrouded in secrecy, and no details were released as to
what happened at the meeting.

For more information, in German, see Christiane Schulzki Haddouti,
"Hunt for the log files", Spiegel Online, October 8, 1999 at

For an English translation, visit

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