News in Brief August 2002

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August 2002

Denmark - statement by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on police bugging journalist's conversation and court case: IFJ

Canada: Canadian government "consultation" paper on data retention and access to e-mails etc: Canada (link) plus article: "Will Canada's ISPs become spies?"

USA: Trials of US ID card: Popular Science (link)

USA: Text of ruling by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court limiting the powers of the Justice Department: Ruling plus article by James Bamford commenting on the ruling, "It found that the Justice Department wanted to use the U.S.A. Patriot Act improperly": James Bamford (thanks to cryptome)

EU/Italy: Warning on the new e-commerce EU Directive from ALCEI Electronic Frontiers Italy: ALCEI

UK: "Terrorising rights - Privacy, Open Society & the Challenge of September 11th". A one-day public conference organised by Privacy International & the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Friday 6th September 2002: Privacy International Conference programme

USA: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) analysis of the surveillance provisions in the Patriot Act:ACLU

UK: Statutory instrument introducing a "state of emergency" coming into force on 13 November 2001 and still in force: The Human Rights Act 1998 (Designated Derogation) Order 2001

Norwegian expelled from Schengen for five years: Report

Denial of visas to Conference participants - Press Release from War Resisters International (11.8.02): Press release

Report from Wall Street Journal on resistance by German companies for information on employees in the search for terrorists and "profiling": Report

COINTELPRO is an acronym for the FBI's domestic "counterintelligence programs" to neutralize political dissidents. Although covert operations have been employed throughout FBI history, the formal COINTELPRO's of 1956-1971 were broadly targeted against radical political organizations: Church Committee report (link)

UK: Information Commissioner challenges legal basis of data retention. The Information Commissioner has released a legal opinion questioning the legality of the data retention provision of the Terrorism Act 2001. The opinion found that becuase the information can be obtained for other purposes besides national security, it violates the Human Rights Act. Guardian, 30.7.02

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