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Date: 1999-07-28

Lizenz zum Datamining fuer FBI

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Was die gesetzlich ermächtigten Polizeibehörden hierzulande als
"vorbeugende Gefahrenerforschung" gern in polizeiliche
Ermächtigungsgesetze eingeschrieben hätten, darf anderswo das
FBI. Unter dem Motto "Schutz der gefährdeten IT-Infrastruktur" kann
künftig hemmungsloses Datamining in regierungseigenen Netzen
betrieben werden.

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) today reiterated its
concerns that governmental efforts to protect the "critical
infrastructure" pose serious threats to the privacy and civil liberties of
American citizens. EPIC repeated its warning in the wake of reports
that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is about to embark
upon a comprehensive program of monitoring non-military
Government computer networks and communications networks used
by crucial industries like banking, telecommunications and

In its report "Critical Infrastructure Protection and the Endangerment
of Civil Liberties," released in October 1998, EPIC noted that the
President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP)
had proposed the development of a large-scale monitoring strategy
for communications networks. Borrowing techniques that have been
applied to hostile governments and foreign agents, the PCCIP brings
the Cold War home with an open-ended proposal to conduct ongoing
surveillance on the communications of American citizens.

EPIC noted in its report that "these proposals are more of a threat to
our system of ordered liberty than any single attack on our
infrastructure could ever be."

According to EPIC General Counsel David Sobel, the new FBI
surveillance plan "demonstrates that privacy concerns are being
swept under the rug." He warned that, "There is a real danger that a
Cold War mentality is developing within the federal government when
it comes to the perceived threats of the Internet and communications

Since the publication of its report, EPIC has been monitoring
implementation of the PCCIP recommendations, including the
"United States National Plan for Information Systems Protection."
That plan calls for the establishment of a Federal Intrusion Detection
Network (FIDNET). The FIDNET system would be linked to a similar
system in the Defense Department known as the Joint Task
Force/Computer Network Defense (JTF-CND), which monitors all
Defense Department networks. Earlier this year, EPIC filed a series
of Freedom of Information Act requests seeking the details of these

"Critical Infrastructure Protection and the Endangerment of Civil
Liberties" is available at:

EPIC's archive of materials on Critical Infrastructure Protection is
available at:

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