1 May 1999. Add Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti message.
30 April 1999
See Duncan Campbell's report yesterday: http://jya.com/ilets-dc.htm
30 APRIL 1999
To : John Young (WWW.JYA.COM), lists, and others
From : Duncan Campbell (mailto:email@example.com
This note contains pointers to articles just published about the latest
developments in European Union communications interception policy, including
monitoring the Internet. The most important article identifies a hitherto
unknown FBI-founded organisation called ILETS, which has met in secret for 6
years, and which has - unknown until now - led initiatives around the world to
build comprehensive interception systems into new telecommunications systems.
The full story about ILETS is published this week in Telepolis, the European
on-line magazine, at:
And in German at:
The news story is in English in the Guardian (UK) at:
And also in Telepolis:
And in German at:
The latter three reports describe how the latest version of the ENFOPOL
interception plan has just been leaked in London. It reveals that although the
name of the key document has been changed, European officials still want to
make tapping the Internet official European policy by the end of May. They are
pressing on, despite domestic opposition in Germany and Austria and recent
criticism by the European Parliament.
The new document is called ENFOPOL 19. It was obtained this week by the
Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR). (The name ENFOPOL (Law
ENFOrcement/POLice matters) is the generic title given to documents on these
subjects by the European Commission.)
FIPR has put the ENFOPOL 19 document online at:
These articles bring up to date the story of secret co-operation on
interception between the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK (ie, the
UKUSA group), and the so-called "G5" group of EU nations (Germany, France,
Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK). Outside, the EU Norway and Hong Kong are
members of ILETS. Within the EU, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland,
Italy, Greece, Eire, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Portugal have participated in
This co-operation was first noticed in 1997, when the Statewatch group in
London found and publicised an EU resolution on interception that had been
adopted in January 1995, but which was not published until November 1996.
Observers noted that the European 1995 policy bore an unmistakable resemblance
to US legislation, in particular the 1994 Communication Assistance to Law
Enforcement Act (CALEA). Since then legislation passed and/or proposed in
Australia and other EU states has shown the same similarities.
The article about ILETS now reveals how this has happened, through a common
technical document called "IUR1.0" or "IUR95".
An updated IUR, which made new demands for Internet interception, security
measures, automatic downloading of subscriber personal information (among other
measures) was drawn up in 1998. In September 1998, it was presented to the
EU's Police Co-operation Working group as "ENFOPOL 98".
In November 1998, the German on-line magazine Telepolis obtained and published
ENFOPOL 98. The stories above describe how ENFOPOL 98 has progressed since.
The original ENFOPOL 98 story was reported in English in December 1998:
Telepolis has put the original (and scary) ENFOPOL 98 plan online at:
And in German at:
Erich Moechel and Armin Medosch have published English language accounts of
their scoop at:
The original scoop (in German) is at:
1999 STOA REPORT ON GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS SURVEILLANCE AND ECHELON
Further information about ILETS and communications interception will be
published in the near future by STOA, the Science and Technology Options
Assessment Office of the European Parliament. This is contained in a detailed
report I have written for STOA, "Interception Capabilities 2000" (IC2000).
The full title of the IC2000 report is "The state of the art in Communications
intelligence (Comint) of automated processing for intelligence purposes of
intercepted broadband multi-language leased or common carrier systems, and its
applicability to Comint targeting and selection, including speech
recognition". This is one of four reports commissioned by STOA, concerning "The development of surveillance technology and risk of abuse of economic information".
The other three studies cover legal, cryptographic and general issues.
IC2000 provides a documentary account of new ECHELON sites, systems and targets
and an assessment of current Comint technology.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
* Further information would be welcome as to the extent to which the IUR 1995
and 1998 "requirements" have progressed into law in individual member or
* Among the issues currently being discussed in the ILETS group is cross-border
interception arrangements and agreements; interception of Iridium and other
satellite-based personal communications (mobile radio) systems.
To: "John Young" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Duncan Campbell" <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Latest developments on international interception policy Date: Sat, 1 May 1999 11:20:37 +0200 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chr. Schulzki-Haddouti) Duncan, thank you for your BC. Hello John Young, Please also mention http://www.heise.de/tp/deutsch/special/enfo/default.html where all articles about the Enfopol-plans are published. Most of them are in German. I did some analysis on Enfopol 98 and wrote about European and national parliamentary activities. I also did a report on the newest activites of the Enfopol working group on child pornography. It is published in telepolis: http://www.heise.de/tp/deutsch/inhalt/te/2722/1.html best, Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti _______ http://members.aol.com/infowelt/ _______ PGP erwünscht