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Date: 2000-07-13

UK: Allianz gegen RIP-Bill

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Gegen das Überwachungsgesetz RIP hat sich eine bunte &
breite Allianz zusammengefunden, die von Amnesty
International über die wichtigsten Gewerkschaften,
Industrievertreter bis zu den "usual suspects" aus dem
Cyber/libertären Lager reicht.

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relayed by David Banisar <> via Global
Internet Liberty Campaign <>
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This letter is being introduced in the House of Lords
tomorrow. Its a rare day when Amnesty Intl, Article 19 and
the Countryside Alliance (the people who organize large
marches for fox hunting in London), along with many of the
major trade unions, and doctors groups in a single letter.

An online petition will start shortly on this.




We wish to express our opposition to the UK government's
Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) bill.

We agree that the government has a duty to protect public
safety, but the RIP bill is neither an acceptable nor a
responsible means of achieving this goal. We are deeply
concerned that the bill will inhibit the development of the
Internet and e-commerce, while creating a range of onerous
and unfair impositions on individuals, organisations and

The bill substantially increases the power of law enforcement
and security agencies, and yet provides wholly inadequate
measures for authorisation and oversight. The ability of
Government to demand decryption keys creates a dangerous
precedent which will affect the rights of all computer users.
Surveillance of website visits will undermine confidence in the
Internet as a means of communication.

We urge the government to withdraw the bill. Any subsequent
legislation should, at the very least, provide stringent
limitations and oversight to ensure that it does not violate the
rights to liberty, fair trial, freedom of expression, freedom of
association, and privacy.

SIGNED (at 11th June 2000)

Privacy International

Amnesty International

The Telecommunications Managers Association

John Wadham, director Liberty

Professor J Stuart Horner University of Central Lancashire

Index on Censorship

The Countryside Alliance

Professor Ian Angell, London School of Economics

Tony Bunyan Editor, Statewatch

Professor Michael Pidd President, Operational Research

Manufacturing, Science & Finance Union

Professor Michael Pringle, chairman Royal College of
General Practitioners

Esther Dyson, chairman, EDventure Holdings

Helen Bamber, director Medical Foundation for the Care of
Victims of Torture

Professor George Alberti

Claire Rayner, Patients Association

Richard Blair

Feminists Against Censorship

Consumers International

Caspar Bowden, director Foundation for Information Policy

Campaign Against Censorship of the Internet in Britain

Christine Hancock, General Secretary Royal College of

UK UNIX Users Group

Dr Margaret Jones Brook Advisory Centres

Dr Fleur Fisher, Chairman, BMA Foundation for AIDS

Frances D'Souza CMG


The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematography and
Theatre Union

Dr Brian Gladman

First Tuesday

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK)

Frances Blunden, Director Prevention of Professional Abuse


The National Union of Journalists

Article 19

Relatives for Justice, Northern Ireland

Campaign Against the Arms Trade

The Society of Editors

Simon Moores Chairman, The Research Group

Charter 88


Mark Thomas Vera Productions

The Internet Society (England)

The Future Trust

Peter Tatchell OutRage!

Mike Slocombe urban75

Campaign for Freedom of Information

Duncan Campbell

Roger Goss Director, Patient Concern
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