Adoption of revised "ENFOPOL 98" delayed



It was expected that ENFOPOL 29, the revised version of "ENFOPOL 98", would be adopted at the meeting of the EU's Justice and Home Affairs Council at its meeting on 28-29 May in Brussels. It was on the "A" Point agenda for adoption by the Ministers without debate. However, its adoption was put off becase of a scrutiny reservation by Germany - it is thought to be a reservation placed on the measure by the German parliament (Bundestag). As soon as the reservation is lifted ENFOPOL 29 will go through as the other 14 EU governments agree with its adoption. Such reservations may last for a few weeks. One reason for the reservation may be that the "Resolution" added to ENFOPOL 29 was not circulate to national parliaments before the meeting on 28 May.

ENFOPOL 29 extend the "Requirements" to be placed on service and network telecommunications providers to cover mobile phones, satellite phones and internet usage. It also requires them to supply law enforcement agencies on production of an interception order with personal details of users such as e-mail account, passwords, addresses and credit card details.

Background see: S.O.S.Europe