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Date: 1999-03-11 ueber ENFOPOL

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Dies hier [siehe unten] ist vor zwei Stunden in
erschienen. Morgen publiziert Christiane Schulzki-Hadduti
auf einer URL, die wir erst nennen werden, wenn es soweit
ist, eine voluminöse Enfopol-Timeline aller einschlägigen
Events von 1991-1998, derer wir bis dato hab/haft werden

post/scrypt an die p.t. Fern/meldespezialist/inn/en auf der
Liste: Wie paranoid soll man den Umstand finden, wenn
ISDN-Apparate bei - sagen wir - Anrufen vom ISDN-Festnetz
in Koblenz auf deutsche Mobilfones neuerdings neben
Fehlverbindungen völlig bescheuerte, fünfstellige
Rufnummern/anzeigen zur Folge haben?

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Mary Lisbeth D'Amico
IDG News Service, Munich Bureau MUNICH (03/10/99) -
Privacy advocates in Germany have erected a Web site
called Freedomforlinks to protest what they perceive as plans
by the European Union (EU) to allow "legally empowered
authorities" to put in place European-wide surveillance

The protest comes in response to reported plans by the
European Commission's Council of Justice and Home Affairs
(JHA) to put into place mechanisms for law-enforcement
agencies to access all kinds of transmitted messages,
including data traffic over the Internet. The JHA is the
organization within the European Council responsible for
coordinating police, customs and justice activities of the EU's
15 member states.

The planned surveillance system, called Enfopol, was
reported on by Telepolis, a German online technology
magazine that late last year began publishing excerpts over
the Internet from what it said were top-secret internal EU

Contacted about the reports, Telepolis editor Erich Moechel
said that Telepolis reporters have received numerous copies
of these memos from more than one source, which he called
"100-percent reliable."

"People still don't understand the technical aspects (of
surveillance)," said Moechel, who has authored some of the
articles on Enfopol. "They still think cellular phones are
anonymous and they can't imagine what people would even
do with their data."

Now, German privacy advocates have launched the "Stop
Enfopol" campaign, publicized on the Freedomforlinks Web
site (, to raise public
awareness of what they see as a real potential threat to
citizens' privacy. The Web site's sponsors, who call
themselves online advocates, have asked concerned citizens
to send e-mails to the European Union's Ombudsman
(citizen's representative), Jacob Södermann, demanding that
the issue be clarified. But Södermann has responded with a
form letter stating that he is not responsible for the matter,
according to information posted on the Freedomforlinks Web
site. He has directed the thousands who sent him e-mails to
contact the European Parliament in Luxembourg, according
to the Web site authors.

Enfopol surveillance plans target any form of
telecommunications, be it data, encrypted or not; mobile
telephony; or communications over the new Iridium system
and other satellite mobile phone services that may follow,
according to a document compiled by Moechel based on
numerous Telepolis reports. "If these plans can be
implemented, Enfopol will be able to monitor almost every
communications mode, leaving no gaps," the report said.

If Enfopol becomes legal reality, police forces will get any
surveillance power they wish, the article said. As soon as the
surveillance gateways to Internet providers, GSM (Global
System for Mobile Communications), Iridium (the
communications network) and other networks are
established, "legally empowered authorities" other than
police forces are expected to log on, the article said.

"The danger here is that the European Union is mixing police
issues with secret service issues," Moechel told IDG News.
According to the language of the Enfopol documents, the
interception of messages would be allowed for any "legally
empowered authority," which he said could mean secret
service employees as well as police. Citing the internal
memos published by Telepolis, Moechel suggests that
Enfopol is even targeting the central terrestrial masterstation
of the Iridium network in Italy as a main spot from which to
monitor telecommunications traffic.

Diplomatic sources confirmed that efforts to define
"interception" efforts were underway, but said that
statements that a European surveillance system was being
established were "overdoing it." The origin for the proposal,
the sources said, was a 1995 resolution, signed by all
European Union members, which detailed the technical
requirements that had to be fulfilled to enable interception of
telecommunications messages in cases where member
states work together. This is the genesis of the Enfopol
drafts, the sources confirmed.

This document was a memorandum of understanding with the
file number Enfopol 112 10037/95, according to Telepolis.
Although it was signed by all EU members, Telepolis said, it
was never officially published. A copy was published,
however, by the British anti-surveillance group Statewatch in
February 1997.

With the technological progress that occurred over the
ensuing years, the diplomatic sources said, there has been
an effort to update this agreement. Talks have gone on
among what the sources call "police experts" and technical
experts as to which technical requirements would have to be
fulfilled to enable data interception. Some kind of final draft
could be expected around May, the sources said.

When a draft in this area is finalized, the diplomatic sources
said, ministers of the JHA would have to decide whether it
would be implemented. And, even if
adopted, it would be up to individual judges on a national level to decide
whether to apply the recommendations, the sources said.

Officials with the Justice and Home Affairs Council could not be reached for
comment. The topic will reportedly be brought up at the next JHA ministers
meeting, scheduled for March 12 in Brussels, according to Telepolis.

But the diplomatic sources contradict that. "That meeting will discuss
interception in the framework of criminal investigations, whereas Enfopol has
to do with interception for intelligence or security reasons," the sources said.

Telepolis' Moechel, however, thinks this simply isn't true. "It's going to be
the number-one topic among the JHA secretaries when they
meet," he said.

Telepolis can be reached on the World Wide Web at

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