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Internet law will protect criminals

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.