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Who's reading your e-mails?

发布时间:2019-03-08 01:04:13来源:未知点击:

By Duncan Graham-Rowe THE European Union could force Internet providers and telecoms companies to build data taps into their Net servers to allow government security agencies to siphon off e-mails, monitor individuals’ Web activity and check newsgroup memberships. Details of the proposals were uncovered by Caspar Bowden, director of the London-based Foundation for Information Policy Research. The data taps or “interception interfaces” would apply to any future digital communications media, as well as to the Internet. The proposals are backed by the International Law Enforcement Telecommunications Seminar (ILETS), an organisation which includes security agencies from 20 countries. The European Parliament threw out measures backed by ILETS in April, but this decision could be reversed on security grounds by ministers of EU member states when they meet this month. Bowden says the proposal probably infringes the European Convention on Human Rights. Even if Net users encrypt their e-mails, analysis programs can reveal a lot about someone’s Internet usage. “It’s no less than 1984,