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Date: 2003-08-20

AU: Daten/Zwangsverhaltung lebt

Bei allem, was die endzeitg/läubigen Adent/isten in der ehemals Neuen Welt im Westen momentan au/fführen - der Kontinent "Down under" ist offenbar jederzeit im Stande, in der Wertung "besonderes strafkolonial/mäßiges Gehabe" neue Saiten au/fzuziehen.
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A proposed Cybercrime Code of Practice for ISPs would result in massive
invasion of Internet users' privacy, Electronic Frontiers Australia ("EFA")
warned today.

The draft Code was recently issued for public consultation by the Internet
Industry Association of Australia ("IIA"). It has been developed in secret
over the last two years by the IIA and law enforcement agencies.

"The IIA is acting like Big Brother - they want ISPs to log and record
everything Internet users do online," said Irene Graham, EFA Executive
Director. "It's akin to asking a carrier to record every telephone
conversation made over its system and asking Australia Post to photocopy
every letter and record the content of every parcel it delivers."

Graham said the data collection and retention provisions of the Code seek
to establish a de facto extension of the telecommunications interception

"It would enable access to vastly more communications and personal
information without a warrant of any sort, than results from telephone call
intercepts that require an interception warrant," she said. "The
information would be logged and kept by ISPs solely to comply with a
voluntary Industry Code. More disturbingly, the logs could be disclosed to
law enforcement agencies and private sector organisations, such as those
investigating alleged copyright infringements, without the accountability
and oversight mechanisms applicable to interception warrants."

EFA also has concerns about numerous other parts of the Code, according to

"The Code fails to take into sufficient account the existing provisions of
the Telecommunications Act 1997 and the Privacy Act 1988. Compliance with
various provisions of the Code is likely to place an ISP in breach of one
or both of those Acts."

"Since it's taken two years for the IIA and LEAs to develop the Code, it's
clear there aren't any compelling problems facing LEAs that warrant the
adverse impact on privacy. The Code should be abandoned."

EFA has sent a submission to the IIA detailing the problems with the Code.
The submission is available at:
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