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Date: 2000-12-04

UK: Lizenz zum Datamining

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Wie gut, dass es die Briten gibt, denn nirgendwo anders
äußern die Geheimdienste ihr Bestreben, die gesamte
Kommunikation der Gesellschaft in die Hände zu kriegen.
GSM und Internet Provider, Telekoms et al sollen gezwungen
werden, die gesamten, in ihren Netzen angefallenen
Verbindungsdaten [Logfiles & c] ein Jahr lang selbst zu
hosten. Für die nächsten sechs Jahre sollen die kompletten
Verbindungsdaten dann den Nachrichtendiensten ausgeliefert
werden zum Zweck des Dataminings.

Es geht um die Erstellung von Kommunikations- und
Bewegungsprofilen und nicht - wie der Observer meint - um
Inhalte der Kommunikation.

Wer sollte dieses Papier anders hosten als der
unverzichtbare John Young?

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Titelstory des Observer heute

Secret plan to spy on all British phone calls

Kamal Ahmed, political editor Sunday December 3, 2000

Britain's intelligence services are seeking powers to seize all
records of telephone calls, emails and internet connections
made by every person living in this country.

A document circulated to Home Office officials and obtained
by The Observer reveals that MI5, MI6 and the police are
demanding new legislation to log every phone call made in
this country and store the information for seven years at a
vast government-run 'data warehouse', a super computer that
will hold the information.

The secret moves, which will cost millions of pounds, were
last night condemned by politicians and campaigners as a
sinister expansion of 'Big Brother' state powers and a
fundamental attack on the public's right to privacy.

Last night, the Home Office admitted that it was giving the
plans serious consideration.

Lord Cope, the Conservative peer and a leading expert on
privacy issues, said: 'We are sympathetic to the need for
greater powers to fight modern types of crime. But vast
banks of information on every member of the public can
quickly slip into the world of Big Brother. I will be asking
serious questions about this.' Maurice Frankel, a leading
campaigner on per sonal data issues, called the powers
'sweeping' and a cause for worry.

The document, which is classified 'restricted', says new laws
are needed to allow the intelligence services, Customs and
Excise and the police access to telephone and computer
records of every member of the public.

It suggests that the Home Office is sympathetic to the new
powers, which would be used to tackle the growing problems
of cybercrime, the use of computers by paedophiles to run
child pornography rings, as well as terrorism and international
drug trafficking.

Every telephone call made and received by a member of the
public, all emails sent and received and every web page
looked at would be recorded.

Calls made on mobile phones can already be pinpointed
geographically, as can those made from land lines. The
police would be able to use 'trawling' computer techniques to
look through millions of telephone and email records.
Campaigners say innocent people could have such highly
personal information accessed.

The document admits the moves are controversial and could
clash with the Human Rights Act, which gives people a right
to privacy, European Union law and the Data Protection Act,
which protects the public against official intrusion into private

The office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Elizabeth
France, has already expressed 'grave concerns' .

'A clear legislative framework needs to be agreed as a matter
of urgency,' says the document, which is dated 10 August
and is thought to have been sent to Home Office Minister
Charles Clarke.

'Why should data be retained? In the interests of justice, to
preserve and protect data for use as evidence to establish
proof of innocence or guilt. For intelligence and evidence
gathering purposes, to maintain the effectiveness of UK law
enforcement, intelligence and security agencies to protect

The document is written by Roger Gaspar, the deputy
director-general of the National Criminal Intelligence Service,
the Government agency that oversees criminal intelligence in
the United Kingdom. Gaspar, as head of intelligence for
NCIS, is one of the most powerful and influential men in the

The report says it is written 'on behalf of Acpo [the
Association of Chief Police Officers], HM Customs and
Excise, security service, secret intelligence service and
GCHQ [the Government's secret listening centre based at

Gaspar argues telephone companies should be ordered to
retain all records of phone calls and internet access.

At the moment many telephone and internet service providers
keep data for as little as 24 hours.

'In the interests of verifying the accuracy of data specifically
provided for either intelligence or evidential purposes, CSPs
[communication service providers such as telephone or
internet companies] should be under an obligation to retain
the original data supplied for a period of seven years or for as
long as the prosecuting authority directs,' the document

'Informal discussions have taken place with the office of the
data protection commissioner. Whilst they acknowledge that
such communications data may be of value to the work of the
agencies and the interests of justice they have grave
reservations about longer term data retention.' The document
says the new data warehouse would be run along similar
lines to the National DNA Database for profiles of known

A spokesman for NCIS refused to be drawn on the report. 'I
am not going to comment on a classified document that is in
unauthorised hands,' he said.

Meanwhile a Home Office spokesman said it had received
the proposals and was considering them.


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