Maurice Wessling on 8 Aug 2000 18:22:31 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Making up the rules: interception versus privacy

Making up the rules: interception versus privacy.
A dossier on digital wiretapping.

The Dutch organizations Buro Jansen & Janssen and Eurowatch
present their online dossier on digital wiretapping,
focussing especially on developments in Europe and the

Cyber crime, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. These are
three keywords in an ongoing effort of governments worldwide
to enhance their digital wiretapping capabilities and
counter the use of cryptography. "Making up the rules:
interception versus privacy" discusses the efforts of the
Council of Europe and the European Ministers of Justice and
Home Affairs to harmonize their capabilities to wiretap the
internet and facilitate cross-border law enforcement
activities in Europe.

The dossier covers issues like Echelon, law enforcement
internet tapping, cryptography, Enfopol and the cyber crime
treaty. The privacy of internet users is the price
governments are willing to pay in an ongoing battle to make
the internet ready for large-scale tapping.

The dossier gives special attention to developments in The
Netherlands, as it is the western country with the largest
amount of taps per year according to a Dutch ministry of
Justice report. In the march 2000 the Dutch national police
division (KLPD) opened Europe's largest tapping facility
capable of operating a 1000 simultaneous taps ranging from
standard telephone lines to mobile telephony and the latest
ICT technologies such as internet.

"Making up the rules: interception versus privacy" can be
found at:

The dossier was made on the initiative of Bits of Freedom, a
Dutch privacy and civil rights organization.

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