Armin Medosch on Tue, 11 Apr 2000 19:05:47 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Interception of telecommunications and human rights

Flaw In Human Rights Uncovered

Proposals for a new definition of human rights now before the 
European Parliament would ban ECHELON and update data protection 
rules to latest developments in telecommunications technology.
Duncan Campbell
International spying on communications should be identified as a 
breach of fundamental human rights, according to proposals now before 
the European Parliament. The new proposals suggest that treaties and 
rules on human rights drawn up 50 years ago or more failed to 
anticipate how, in the Internet age, threats to personal privacy can 
easily cross international boundaries.

Echelon in Holland

Dutch intelligence agency authorized to scan satellite communications
Jelle van Buuren
The Dutch Intelligence Agency BVD is getting new powers. Among other 
things, the powers to intercept communications will be extended. The 
agency is authorized, if the government gets its way, to intercept 
satellite communications at random and search the intercepted traffic 
by keywords. Also, the BVD gets a new intelligence task: the 
gathering of economical information. Holland goes Echelon, it seems.

Digital Detectives in Holland

Special powers to snoop on the Internet; the influence of ILETS; bugs 
in keyboards; an assault on anonymity on the Net
Jelle van Buuren
For some time now, the fight against cybercrime is a hot item on the 
political agenda all over the world. In the Netherlands, law 
enforcement agencies have also made the virtual world their hunting 
ground. New legislation gives the police the power to intercept the 
Internet and conduct investigations on the Internet. To avoid 
problems with encrypted communications, the police is allowed to 
placed bugs on the keybord of suspects. A report from the low lands.

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