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[ISN] Privacy a Likely Loser in Treaty
From: Marjorie Simmons (lawyercarpereslegalis.com)
Date: Mon Dec 11 2000 - 07:13:50 CST
Privacy a Likely Loser in Treaty
by Declan McCullagh and Nicholas Morehead
3:20 p.m. Dec. 7, 2000 PST
WASHINGTON -- A controversial cybercrime treaty supported by the
Clinton administration likely will not be amended to include privacy
protections, a key European official said on Thursday.
"We cannot find an acceptable international standard in terms of
privacy as it applies to this treaty," said Henrik Kaspersen of the
Council of Europe, which expects to finalize the document this month.
"We don't want to exclude privacy. We very much want to include it,"
said Kaspersen, chairman of the council's committee of cybercrime
experts. "But there are a number of existing case laws dealing with
privacy throughout Europe, and we're also dealing with countries like
the United States and Japan that have differing legal systems."
The treaty, which is being circulated among more than 40 nations, is
designed to aid police investigations by requiring websites and
Internet service providers to collect and record information about
their users, a move privacy groups insist goes too far. It could also
make it illegal to distribute some kinds of security products used by
system administrators to secure their networks against intruders.
Kaspersen's remarks came at an event highlighting the release of a
report by McConnell International, a Washington policy consultancy
founded by Bruce McConnell, a White House aide under Presidents
George Bush and Bill Clinton.
Marjorie Simmons, Esq.
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