Armin Medosch on Wed, 12 Apr 2000 03:19:31 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> 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

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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