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Date: 2000-05-01

UK: E-Mail-Staubsauger für den MI5

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Was in den Standardisierungsgremien [ETSI] an
Überwachungs/schnitt/stellen ausge/heckt ward, ist
mittlerweile praktisch umsetzbar. Nicht ganz überraschend
ist der UK wieder einmal allen voran

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MI5 is building a new £25m e-mail surveillance centre that
will have the power to monitor all e-mails and internet
messages sent and received in Britain. The government is to
require internet service providers, such as Freeserve and
AOL, to have "hardwire" links to the new computer facility so
that messages can be traced across the internet.

The security service and the police will still need Home Office
permission to search for e-mails and internet traffic, but they
can apply for general warrants that would enable them to
intercept communications for a company or an organisation.

The new computer centre, codenamed GTAC - government
technical assistance centre - which will be up and running by
the end of the year inside MI5's London headquarters, has
provoked concern among civil liberties groups. "With this
facility, the government can track every website that a person
visits, without a warrant, giving rise to a culture of suspicion
by association," said Caspar Bowden, director of the
Foundation for Information Policy Research.

The government already has powers to tap phone lines
linking computers, but the growth of the internet has made it
impossible to read all material. By requiring service providers
to install cables that will download material to MI5, the
government will have the technical capability to read
everything that passes over the internet.

There has been an explosion in the use of the internet for
crime in Britain and across the world, leading to fears in
western intelligence agencies that they will soon be left
behind as criminals abandon the telephone and resort to
encrypted e-mails to run drug rings and illegal prostitution
and immigration rackets.

The new spy centre will decode messages that have been
encrypted. Under new powers due to come into force this
summer, police will be able to require individuals and
companies to hand over computer "keys", special codes that
unlock scrambled messages.

There is controversy over how the costs of intercepting
internet traffic should be shared between government and
industry. Experts estimate that the cost to Britain's 400
service providers will be £30m in the first year. Internet
companies say that this is too expensive, especially as
many are making losses.
"The arrival of this spy centre means that Big Brother is
finally here," said Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for
Lewes. "The balance between the state and individual privacy
has swung too far in favour of the state."

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