Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft


The Government Is Reading Your E-mail With the Echelon program, the U.S. and its allies are collaborating to monitor the Internet

FROM THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 1999 In the past month a series of announcements from the governments of Australia, the U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Sweden and the U.S., among others, has brought to light the existence of a massive international electronic surveillance network known as "Echelon." Its existence was officially confirmed by the Australian intelligence agency back on May 23. In a nutshell, Echelon is a joint project undertaken by the U.S. and its allies to monitor satellite transmissions, phone calls and the Internet.