European privacy activists call for pracization
This friday, the european parliament will hold a last-minute vote on the enfopol surveillance plans. The plans provide for the cross-border monitoring of telephone calls on fixed and mobile networks, faxes, telexes and e-mails, as well as data flows on the internet. It is not only about capturing the content, but also about capturing any communication signals related to the monitored person.
The council resolution "is not only a technical update", criticizes the green MEP johannes voggenhuber. "Every telecommunication operator will be obliged to install a watertight backdoor for the police."
Parliamentary vote is the first official recognition of the existence of EU surveillance plans. However, the deadline was set in such a way that the SPD deputies did not have time to define a common line among themselves. The greens alone were able to prepare four requests for changes: they demand a review by the 1. July 2000, the extent to which the member states have complied with the council decision of 17. The council of the european union has transposed into national law the directive on the lawful interception of telecommunications of 1 january 1995. This resolution referred only to traditional communications traffic and is now to be extended to the internet, satellite communications, prepaid cards and other technologies "other technologies.
In addition, the following pas is to be introduced, which is to prevent the private operators from taking over the costs of monitoring:
"There is no intention to create a regulatory framework that would force isps to move outside the union due to the financial burdens that would affect competitiveness."
In doing so, the greens took up a point of criticism made by the "committee on legal affairs and citizens’ rights" at. Representative luigi florio had drawn attention to the financial burdens: system operators have to significantly upgrade their equipment in order to be able to track, for example, phone calls made with pre-paid cards. Florio had demanded the rejection and the preparation of a new proposal. However, even the grunens do not want to go that far.
No flat-covering telecommunication hookup
Finally, they call for a reference to the council of europe convention of 28 june 1999 in the recitals on the one hand, and a reference to the council of europe convention of 28 june 1999 on the other hand. January 1981 on the protection of personal data and the european data protection directive. Last week, the european data protection working party produced a draft recommendation dealing with data protection in the context of telecommunications interception "data protection in the context of telecommunications interception" deals. In it they expressed "concerned about the scope of the planned measures". If the resolution were to be transposed into national law, it should, among other things "be strictly specified", that proactive or general interception of telecommunications on a large scale is prohibited. It should also be specified which authorities are allowed to carry out interceptions. The monitoring authorities should also be able to be monitored independently and inform the public about their monitoring policy, for example in regular statistical reports. Finally, data transfer to third parties under bilateral or multilateral agreements should only be possible under certain conditions.
It is unlikely that the SPD will agree to the green proposals. Finally, one of their party henchmen, the deputy gerhard schmid, is in the "committee on civil liberties and internal affairs" the contact person of the enfopol working group. His party friends in germany and europe describe him as a "not communicative". He had either not responded to their inquiries or had signaled a lack of understanding. In a report of his own, schmid had even demanded tightening amendments. ()