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Date: 1998-10-22

GSM: FBI will Bewegungsbilder

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Das FBI kann zwar schon jetzt GSM und andere
Mobiltelefonie abhören , doch das genügt den Herren nicht.
Jetzt soll den GSM-Betreibern auferlegt werden, ihre Kunden
permanent zu tracken um im Bedarfsfall fertige Bewegungs-
und Kommunikationsbilder von Menschen parat zu haben.
Der im Bericht von AP/Washington Post zitierte James
Dempsey (Center for Democracy & Technology CDT) ist
einer der US opinion leaders in der Global Internet Liberty
Campaign (GILC)

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Jeannine Aversa
October 22, 1998; 2:43 a.m. EDT
The Federal Communications Commission was expected to
propose today that cellular phone companies make technical
changes so the FBI, police and other law enforcers -- as long
as a court approves -- can locate a person talking on a
mobile phone.

This and other additional wiretapping capabilities being
proposed aim to help law enforcers keep pace with

With some 66 million cellular phone customers, police want
the authority to legally tap cell phones to track down drug
dealers, terrorists and kidnappers. But some groups worry
that such a practice could violate privacy.

The location proposal is part of a larger plan to implement a
1994 law that requires telecommunications companies to
make changes in their networks so police are able to carry
out court-ordered wiretaps in a world of digital technology.
The proposal is based on a plan from the
telecommunications industry.
But James Dempsey, counsel to the Center for Democracy
and Technology, a privacy group, said: ``We're prepared to
fight this one every step of the way.''

FCC Chairman Bill Kennard stressed that police would have
no access to locations without a court order.

``A lot of people are saying the FCC will turn mobile phones
into tracking devices for the FBI and invade Americans'
privacy. I don't believe that will be the case,'' Kennard said.
But not every company has the technical ability to provide a
caller's location. This proposal, if adopted, would set up a
nationwide requirement for companies to follow.
Under the proposal, police would only need to show the
location is relevant to an investigation. Privacy groups say
that means the government could easily track the
movements not only of a suspect, but also of associates,
friends or relatives.

The proposal would provide police with that information based
on the cellular tower, or ``cell'' site, where a call originated
and ended. That would give information on the caller's
location within several city blocks in an urban area to
hundreds of square miles in a rural area.
Privacy groups and the telephone industry contend the
additional capabilities sought by the FBI go beyond the 1994
law and are an attempt to broaden wiretapping powers. The
FBI says it merely wants to preserve the ability to conduct
legal wiretaps in a world of constantly changing technology.
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