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Russian Secret Service Admitted Capability to Montitor ALL Internet Traffic,
On 30Apr00, the British Government Acknowledged It Is Doing the Same Thing. (Wired News, 2May00) [Echelon, Agog, Epic, France, Russia, Secret Service, Britain, Government Technical Assistance Center, ISP, GTAC, MI5, NSA]
Super-Secret Global Surveillance System Eavesdrops on Conversations Worldwide (ACLU, 19Nov99)
ECHELON Watch Page & Links re ECHELON
Other Government(s) Surveillance Agencies
FAX Congress Here, both your Senators & Congressmen
Privacy Group Wants Users To Jam Spy Network (Echelon)
By Madeleine Acey (TechWeb 11Oct99)
Spy in the sky? That could be Echelon.
(Kathryn Balint, SD Union-Tribune, 17Oct99)
STOA Cover - ECHELON - COMINT (6May99)(GILC Alert 18May99) & STOA
Duncan Campbell, Investigative Journalist-TV Producer (Commentary & Links)
FTC - Web Sites Must Obtain Parent's Permission Before Sharing Personal Information Disclosed by Children
SPAM - Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial eMail (CAUCE) - Legislative News
(links reference by Shawn P. McCarthy, GCN, 8Nov99, pp.38-40, Internaut column)
...privacy protections for holders of driver's licenses... HR 2084 contains two provisions: ...
The first...prevents a (DOT) action that could have become,...in effect, a national identification system.
The second uses transportation funding to protect...drivers license information.
by Walter R. Houser (Government Computer News (GCN,) 8Nov99)
(A project of the Consumer Protection Working Group of the Subcommittee on Electronic Commerce
of the ABA Section of Business Law Committee on Cyberspace Law)
A paper (.pdf) by Caspar Bowden, and Yaman Akdeniz, in Liberty eds., Liberating Cyberspace: Civil Liberties, Human Rights, and the Internet, London: Pluto Press, 1999, pp. 81-125
George Orwell was short-sighted! KGB, GRU, Gestapo, CIA, FBI, NSA, NRO...ILETS Who?
UK Wants ISPs to Build In Interception -- Following secret international agreements,
the British government openly proposes e-spying requirements on network providers.
Including: Internet telephony, TV, conferencing, paging, satellite based personal
communications systems, VPNs, TCP/IP, X.25, Frame Relay, ATM, business or private,
large or small, local or national...This will include real-time access to data about their
subscribers and information about services they have used, including logs of
telephone calls, e-mail, or website accesses. A key part of technical arrangements
to be made will ensure operators will not be able to know what information has been
copied from their systems. (See STOA & ECHELON links above)
By Duncan Campbell, 28Jun99
WOULD POSE UNPRECEDENTED THREAT TO PRIVACY
"This strikes at the heart of the Bill of Rights,"
said David L. Sobel, EPIC's General Counsel.
"It would be truly ironic if the use of encryption
-- which is designed to protect privacy --
gave the police a green light to secretly break into homes."
see 'Washington Post' news article below: 29kb
It seeks covert action authorization in response to the..use of software programs that encrypt programs on PCs
By Robert O'Harrow Jr. (WP, Friday, 20Aug99)
Called the Cyberspace Electronic Security Act, it would enable investigators to obtain a sealed warrant signed by a judge permitting them to enter private property, search through computers for passwords and install devices that override encryption programs!
A Related Message:
DAte: Friday, August 20, 1999
Subject: RE: FW: Paging Mr. Liddy! Janet Reno wants you One of the interesting aspects of this proposal is the result of driving more users towards unbreakable anonymity/pseudonymity systems.
The premise would be that if you use a truly cryptographically assured pseudonym and AnonymousIP transfers, then the government wouldn't be able to obtain a sealed warrant for your home since they would not be able to determine even your country of origin.
The ability to backtrack from an Internet identity, communication or correspondence to a home that can recieve the 'black bag' treatment would be removed since no one, even your anonymity provider would know who you are, your IP address or what country you live in.
This of course doesn't prevent attacks where an individual is suspect of illegal activity in the real world, and law enforcement uses these type of black bag warrants to determine your online identity, but it does protect from the other way.
Two systems can provide blinded, anonymous IP routing,
http://www.onion-router.net (Testbed system US Navy developed)
http://www.freedom.net (Ian Goldberg & Zero-Knowledge's effort for private networking and pseudonymous identities)
NOTE: I am the President of the former company :) -Austin
WASHINGTON The White House is preparing to ask Congress
for authority to send federal agents to break into private
homes and offices covertly to search for passwords, disable
encryption software and install 'recovery devices' to transmit
computer users' actions to the government, The Washington Post
reported today, would empower the government to enter private
property surreptitiously to gain physical access to computers
"without contemporaneous notice, .."
by Adam Clayton Powell III (WC, Freedom Forum Newseum article: Friday, 20Aug99)
How's this for a Declanesque end to the week: I just listened via network radio pool feed to the Justice Department briefing "responding" to this morning's Washington Post story. There was little new: they need these new powers to deal with new technologies, otherwise we're at the mercy of terrorists and pornographers, etc. etc. Reporters were far more aggressive than at past DoJ briefings, which tend to be tea parties. But the breifing could be incredibly opaque; sample exchange: Q Does Attorney General Reno know about this proposal?
Q What does she think of it? (30kb)
A It would be improper to characterize her views. (22kb)
FYI we are checking the tape in our radio booth and hope to replay it in its entirety on our webcasting service, at Freedom.Org. Neither CNN, MSNBC or Fox News seemed to pay any attention to the briefing -- or, indeed to this story -- despite the producer of one network evening news program having emailed me that he "choked on his Wheaties" when he saw the paper this morning...
Have a good weekend!
Adam Clayton Powell, III; Vice President, Technology and Programs, The Freedom Forum
|JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PROPOSES SECRET SEARCHES OF HOMES, OFFICES|
Does AOL AIM backdoor your computer? MS/AOL Feud
By Margaret Kane & Internet News (ZDNN 13Aug99)
Fake MS Mail Raises Question About AOL AIM by Martin Wolk &
Full Coverage (Yahoo/Reuters 16Aug99)
Can We Get In? (22kb)
Government plans [multi-million $] Y2K bunker By Jim Wolf (Reuters,ZDNN 29Jul99)
by Maria Seminerio & Margaret Kane (PC Week Online,29Jul99)
"U.S. Plans to Monitor Computers"
The plan calls for the creation of a Federal Intrusion Detection Network,
(FIDNET) ...gathered & centralized at the National Infrastructure
Protection Center (NIPC)...by 2003...housed at the FBI. Draft Report to NSA Jun99
by John Markoff, NY Times News Service (no link)
"Read My Clicks, No New Taxes"
Read Bush's Lips:No Net Taxes [George..Jr] (Declan McCullagh, WND 3Aug00)
Administration Seeks Permanent Ban On Net Taxes (AP, 1Oct99)
"Read My Lips!" (64kb) as spoken by "George W. Bush, 1988" (64kb)
E-commerce tax pitched as teacher's aid By Wendy Marinaccio Staff Writer (CNET News 2Aug99)
Should consumers pay taxes on Internet Purchases by James Freeman (Forbes.com Sep99)
(editor: The TechnoPolitics Report and a columnist for the opinion page of USATODAY.com)
On the one hand...
The FCC refuses to regulate the Web By Christopher Stern (Variety.com, 20Jul99)
FCC Reasserts Authority Over Internet Access (SV,AP Wash. 17Aug99)
On the other hand...
Measure Pushes Federal Net Tax by Declan McCullagh (Wired, 30Jul99)
New Push for Taxing E-Commerce (Wired News,19Jul99)
National Association of Counties unanimously approved a resolution Monday
asking Congress to impose a sales tax on all online purchases.
Got a third hand...?
Fight over Net taxes creates factions. (John Simons, WSJ 15Oct99)
How should 'Net Taxe(s)' be applied? The Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 assured that sales will stay taxfree until October 2001. (source article by Shawn P. McCarthy, GCN, 8Nov99, pp.38-40):
ACEC - Invitation for Proposals Related to Commerce Taxes [read:eCommerce/Net] & Notice of Meeting
(link reference by Shawn P. McCarthy, GCN, 8Nov99, pp.38-40, Internaut column)
The Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC)
The ACEC was formed by the Internet Tax Freedom Act to study federal, local,
and international taxation and tariff treatment of Internet transactions, access,
and other types of activities. (TAXES!)
FTC will advise Congress against e-privacy legislation.
Advocacy groups up in arms.
Data Collection At Issue , Part 2 of 2. (Includes More Privacy Links)
Do You Agree With the FTC on e-Privacy? Post Feedback/Talkback
It's Ba-a-a-ck (Orifice)! Updated hacker tool adds Windows NT as target,
goes open source by Jim Rapoza (PC Week Labs, 15Jul99)
Declan McCullagh (bio,) Author of: More IT Articles & Netly News & Wired Search
A new Internet "forensic tool" has been introduced that aims to help educators,
police and other law enforcement officials trace the past World Wide Web
activity of computer users. By Dan Caterinicchia (IDG/CNN, 6Jul99)
Australia Passes Net Censorship Bill by Gordon Finlayson (ZDNet AU,ZDNN 1Jul99)
Australian Gov't. May Totally Censor Internet Access (prophetic)
Talk Back - Read &/or Post Your Comments
Privacy Groups Slam DoubleClick - Abacus Merger (21Jun99, Reuters)
1Billion$ DoubleClick Merger w/Abacus(atnewyork.com 14JUN99)
DoubleClick's OPT OUT Page (remove yourself from tracking)
Consumers, Oversight, Advocacy Organizations, Business Watch, Credit &
Identity Theft, Hotlines, Junk Mail, Opting Out, Parents'n Children, Gov't Resources
by: Lorrie Faith Cranor, Joseph Reagle, & Mark S. Ackerman
[AT&T Labs-Research TR 99.4.3, 14Apr99] Condensed (AT&T Labs PR, 14Apr99)
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