Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft

FC: ISPs must keep copies of email messages for 3 months

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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,1518,45748,00.html

For an English translation, visit

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