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Europe Votes For ISP Spying
(05/13/99, 3:56 p.m. ET)
By Madeleine Acey, TechWeb
European ISPs expressed outrage this week after the European Parliament voted to require ISPs and telephone companies to provide law-enforcement agencies with full-time real-time access to Internet traffic.
The European Internet Service Providers' Association rejected the resolution outright saying it was seriously flawed and lacked scrutiny.
"One Parliament committee voted against the proposal, another was not allowed to offer an opinion, and then the vote took place on a Friday when three-quarters of the MEPs [members of the European Parliament] were absent. This is clearly inadequate," a spokesman said.
He said the document would cause serious constitutional concerns and was flawed in regard to data-protection laws.