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Date: 2002-05-29

Wired/WSJ ueber SOS Datenschutz

Das eigentlich Perfide an der Aktion, ist - wie im Bericht des Wall Street Journal unten ersichtlich - der Umstand, dass die Aushebung der Datenschutz-Direktive im EU-Parlament als Kompromiss verkauft wird.
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A broad coalition of civil liberties groups is urging the European Parliament to reject a proposal that would require European countries to retain detailed information on citizens' phone and Internet use for policing purposes. [...] The proposal has been attacked by 40 different civil liberties groups in Europe and the United States, and an online petition has gathered over 16,000 signatures urging parliament members to vote against the data-retention measure. "This proposal would allow European governments to put ISPs and phone companies in the spy business," said Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which is based in Washington, D.C. "This basically means open-ended surveillance of all users." European telecommunications companies have also opposed the measure, which they say will be costly to implement. [...] Current EU telecommunications law requires customers' data to be eliminated shortly after the billing cycle expires. [...] Ironically, similar efforts to track communication data in the United States as part of the U.S. Patriot Act were rejected by U.S. legislators. full text,1283,52829,00.html "We'll get a good and delicate balance between the needs of law-enforcement agencies and the respect of human rights," Per Haugaard, a spokesman for the commission on information technology issues, predicted with regard to the data-retention amendment. The amendment would replace a much stricter version supported by Mr. Cappato that would have required that any retention of data on Europeans' electronic communications be "entirely exceptional" and "authorized by judicial or other competent authorities on a case-by-case basis." Police and counterterrorism authorities from both the EU and the U.S. had condemned that approach publicly as a "data-destruction regime" that hindered the prosecution of criminals and terrorists. In the absence of the exception proposed by the Parliament's two major groups, and supported by a majority of EU governments, EU privacy rules dictate that such data can only be saved for billing purposes and must then be destroyed. The U.S. has no law requiring the routine retention of phone bills, Web-surfing logs and the like, but it has no law banning such data retention, either. Full text,,SB1022615363371120040.djm,00.html
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