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  • Maurice McCarthy
    The European Community has passed a Big Brother law in just one sitting of the Europarl. Chief promoters of this were the British. The democratic process and
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 14, 2005
      The European Community has passed a "Big Brother" law in just one sitting of the Europarl. Chief promoters of this were the British. The democratic process and all forms of counter argument have simply been ignored. The mass media have been completely silent upon the whole issue in the UK.

      Maurice
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      PRESS RELEASE FFII -- [ Europe / ICT / Information Society ]

      ======================================================================
      EU adopts Big Brother directive, ignores industry and civil society
      ======================================================================

      14 December 2005 (Strasbourg, France) The European Parliament today
      adopted a directive that will create the largest monitoring database
      in the world, tracking all communications within the EU. "From today,
      all EU citizens are to be tracked and monitored like common
      criminals," says Pieter Hintjens, president of the FFII.

      The Data Retention Directive was passed by 378 votes to 197, following
      deals between the Council and the leaders of the two largest parties
      in Parliament, the EPP-ED (Conservatives) and the PSE (Socialists).
      The Rapporteur for the directive, Alexander Alvaro (Liberals) had his
      name removed from the report in protest.

      Jonas Maebe of the FFII says: "Among other harsh measures, the
      directive mandates recording of the source and destination of all
      emails you send and every call you make, and your location and
      movement during mobile phone calls. Additionally, the directive says
      nothing about who has to pay for all this logging, which will
      significantly distort the internal telecommunications market."

      "Moreover, the directive disregards how Internet protocols work. For
      example, tracking Internet telephony calls is generally impossible
      without closely watching the content of all data packets. The reason
      is that such connections are not necessarily set up via a central
      server which can perform the necessary logging. On top of that you
      have techniques like tunneling (VPN's) which make it simply impossible
      to look at the content", he adds.

      The gathered data can be made available without special warrants, and
      without limit to certain types of crime. There will be no independent
      evaluation, and no extra privacy and no specific security safeguards.
      The data will be retained for periods ranging from 6 months up to any
      duration a member state can convince the Commission of.

      Hartmut Pilch of the FFII says: "This outcome proves that we have to
      remain vigilant at all times and work on every relevant directive from
      the start. Even now, the planned IPRED2 directive, also unanimously
      condemned by industry and civil society, threatens to turn everyone
      caught by a patent into a criminal."


      ======================================================================
      Background Information
      ======================================================================

      * Two-page overview of the effects of the most important amendments
      http://www.ffii.org/~jmaebe/dataret/plen1/summary.pdf

      * English video stream of today's plenary session
      http://media.vrijschrift.org/ep_vote_datared_051214_en.wmv

      * Original language video stream of today's plenary session
      http://media.vrijschrift.org/ep_vote_datared_051214_or.wmv

      * Data retention: legislative sausage machine in overdrive
      http://wiki.ffii.org/DataRet0512En

      * News, position papers on and analysis of the directive
      http://wiki.dataretentionisnosolution.com

      * Permanent link to this press release
      http://wiki.ffii.org/DataRetPr051214En


      ======================================================================
      Contact Information
      ======================================================================

      Erik Josefsson
      FFII Brussels Permanent representative
      ehj @ ffii.org
      +32-484-082063


      ======================================================================
      About the FFII -- http://www.ffii.org
      ======================================================================

      The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) is a
      non-profit association registered in several European countries, which
      is dedicated to the spread of data processing literacy. FFII supports
      the development of public information goods based on copyright, free
      competition, open standards. More than 850 members, 3,000 companies
      and 90,000 supporters have entrusted the FFII to act as their voice in
      public policy questions concerning exclusion rights (intellectual
      property) in data processing.

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    • iazul
      Shame on the EU. And the British were the chief promoters of such law? Oh my. You know what never ceases to amaze me? The fact that the author of 1984 was a
      Message 2 of 3 , Dec 15, 2005
        Shame on the EU. And the British were the chief
        promoters of such law? Oh my.
        You know what never ceases to amaze me? The fact that
        the author of 1984 was a British citizen. And a true
        prophet he turned out to be. How is it that his own
        people don't pay heed to his warnings?? First the
        cameras taking over London. Now this.
        Iazul


        --- Maurice McCarthy <moss@...> wrote:

        > The European Community has passed a "Big Brother"
        > law in just one sitting of the Europarl. Chief
        > promoters of this were the British. The democratic
        > process and all forms of counter argument have
        > simply been ignored. The mass media have been
        > completely silent upon the whole issue in the UK.
        >
        > Maurice
        > -----
        >
        >
        >
        > PRESS RELEASE FFII -- [ Europe / ICT / Information
        > Society ]
        >
        >
        ======================================================================
        > EU adopts Big Brother directive, ignores industry
        > and civil society
        >
        ======================================================================
        >
        > 14 December 2005 (Strasbourg, France) The European
        > Parliament today
        > adopted a directive that will create the largest
        > monitoring database
        > in the world, tracking all communications within the
        > EU. "From today,
        > all EU citizens are to be tracked and monitored like
        > common
        > criminals," says Pieter Hintjens, president of the
        > FFII.
        >
        > The Data Retention Directive was passed by 378 votes
        > to 197, following
        > deals between the Council and the leaders of the two
        > largest parties
        > in Parliament, the EPP-ED (Conservatives) and the
        > PSE (Socialists).
        > The Rapporteur for the directive, Alexander Alvaro
        > (Liberals) had his
        > name removed from the report in protest.
        >
        > Jonas Maebe of the FFII says: "Among other harsh
        > measures, the
        > directive mandates recording of the source and
        > destination of all
        > emails you send and every call you make, and your
        > location and
        > movement during mobile phone calls. Additionally,
        > the directive says
        > nothing about who has to pay for all this logging,
        > which will
        > significantly distort the internal
        > telecommunications market."
        >
        > "Moreover, the directive disregards how Internet
        > protocols work. For
        > example, tracking Internet telephony calls is
        > generally impossible
        > without closely watching the content of all data
        > packets. The reason
        > is that such connections are not necessarily set up
        > via a central
        > server which can perform the necessary logging. On
        > top of that you
        > have techniques like tunneling (VPN's) which make it
        > simply impossible
        > to look at the content", he adds.
        >
        > The gathered data can be made available without
        > special warrants, and
        > without limit to certain types of crime. There will
        > be no independent
        > evaluation, and no extra privacy and no specific
        > security safeguards.
        > The data will be retained for periods ranging from 6
        > months up to any
        > duration a member state can convince the Commission
        > of.
        >
        > Hartmut Pilch of the FFII says: "This outcome proves
        > that we have to
        > remain vigilant at all times and work on every
        > relevant directive from
        > the start. Even now, the planned IPRED2 directive,
        > also unanimously
        > condemned by industry and civil society, threatens
        > to turn everyone
        > caught by a patent into a criminal."
        >
        >
        >
        ======================================================================
        > Background Information
        >
        ======================================================================
        >
        > * Two-page overview of the effects of the most
        > important amendments
        >
        >
        http://www.ffii.org/~jmaebe/dataret/plen1/summary.pdf
        >
        > * English video stream of today's plenary session
        >
        >
        http://media.vrijschrift.org/ep_vote_datared_051214_en.wmv
        >
        > * Original language video stream of today's plenary
        > session
        >
        >
        http://media.vrijschrift.org/ep_vote_datared_051214_or.wmv
        >
        > * Data retention: legislative sausage machine in
        > overdrive
        > http://wiki.ffii.org/DataRet0512En
        >
        > * News, position papers on and analysis of the
        > directive
        > http://wiki.dataretentionisnosolution.com
        >
        > * Permanent link to this press release
        > http://wiki.ffii.org/DataRetPr051214En
        >
        >
        >
        ======================================================================
        > Contact Information
        >
        ======================================================================
        >
        > Erik Josefsson
        > FFII Brussels Permanent representative
        > ehj @ ffii.org
        > +32-484-082063
        >
        >
        >
        ======================================================================
        > About the FFII -- http://www.ffii.org
        >
        ======================================================================
        >
        > The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure
        > (FFII) is a
        > non-profit association registered in several
        > European countries, which
        > is dedicated to the spread of data processing
        > literacy. FFII supports
        > the development of public information goods based on
        > copyright, free
        > competition, open standards. More than 850 members,
        > 3,000 companies
        > and 90,000 supporters have entrusted the FFII to act
        > as their voice in
        > public policy questions concerning exclusion rights
        > (intellectual
        > property) in data processing.
        >
        > _______________________________________________
        > FFII Press Releases.
        > (un)subscribe via
        > http://lists.ffii.org/mailman/listinfo/news, or
        > contact media@... for more information.
        >
        > _______________________________________________
        > Uk-parl maillist
        > Subscribe through the project system
        > http://www.ffii.org/assoc/knecht/proj/, fine-tune
        > via http://lists.ffii.org/mailman/listinfo/uk-parl
        > http://lists.ffii.org/mailman/listinfo/uk-parl
        >
        > ----- End forwarded message -----
        >


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      • Maurice McCarthy
        They would not have got this law through the House of Commons so I m deeply suspicious of the way it was done. Certainly every mail server and ISP already has
        Message 3 of 3 , Dec 16, 2005
          They would not have got this law through the House of Commons so I'm deeply suspicious of the way it was done. Certainly every mail server and ISP already has such logs as part of the system administration so that in principle it is a simple, if large, task to collate them - but - the stealth with which they did this I don't like.

          Maurice


          On Thu, Dec 15, 2005 at 12:45:00PM -0800 or thereabouts, iazul wrote:
          > Shame on the EU. And the British were the chief
          > promoters of such law? Oh my.
          > You know what never ceases to amaze me? The fact that
          > the author of 1984 was a British citizen. And a true
          > prophet he turned out to be. How is it that his own
          > people don't pay heed to his warnings?? First the
          > cameras taking over London. Now this.
          > Iazul
          >
          >
          > --- Maurice McCarthy <moss@...> wrote:
          >
          > > The European Community has passed a "Big Brother"
          > > law in just one sitting of the Europarl. Chief
          > > promoters of this were the British. The democratic
          > > process and all forms of counter argument have
          > > simply been ignored. The mass media have been
          > > completely silent upon the whole issue in the UK.
          > >
          > > Maurice
          > > -----
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