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Date: 2000-10-27

UK: theregister ueber Big Brother awards

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[Bei Saturn hat die Kollegin aus dem UK ein bisserl was
missverstanden - Saturn ist natürlich kein Webportal,
sondern eine Brick and Mortar-Supermarktkette ín AT-Land.
Die Zustimmung zur "unwiderruflichen" Weitergabe von Daten
steht auf der Rückseite des Kassenbons]

Morgen erfolgt ein Update mit News vom AT-Innenminister.
Für alle, die es noch nicht wissen, wer sonst noch gewonnen


Apache wins Big Brother award By: Valerie Thompson
Posted: 27/10/2000 at 14:56 GMT

The Apache Consortium, producers of the world's most
popular Internet server software, sucks when it comes to
privacy. So much so that it won a Big Brother award for it's
"irresponsible default settings".

Yes folks, its Big Brother Awards time again. The brainchild
of Privacy International,a London-based human organisation
ceremonies were held simultaneously last night in Germany,
Austria and Switzerland to dish out awards to government
agencies, companies and initiatives considered by juries in
each country to have done the most to invade personal

This year's roll of dishonour includes:

European Telecommunication Standards Institute's Lawful
Interception working group (ETSI LI WG) was cited because
for its work to design standard interfaces for eavesdropping
on digital networks, such as ISDN, GSM, and UMTS.

Austrian shopping portal Saturn won because with by clicking upon registration, the user agrees that Saturn has the "irrevocable" right to turn over information about their personal information to third parties and what i
s worse, this information is in small print on the back of the receipt.

Telecommunications operator Swisscom (Bern) was cited for its three hourly monitoring of cellular phone subscribers' positioning and storing that information in a central database and this is in the days before Swisscom i
ntroduced any "location based services".

Pharmaceuticals giant Roche, selected by the Swiss Jury because of its twice-yearly urine testing of young trainees.

Mr Adolf Ogi, head of the military department of the Swiss government and the man behind Satos 3, Switzerland's version of the notorious American Echelon system. He will be receiving his Big Brother award in the post.

Free Webmail services providers GMX (Germany) and Sunrise (Switzerland), cited for their lack of security.

None of the winners showed up to accept their award.

Previous winners include: Doubleclick in the US for
monitoring the surfing of 50 million Internet users and
TransUnion for selling credit reports to marketers and
keeping inaccurate records for years.

Another notable awardee from the past is Harlequin, in the
UK, developer of the WatCall telephone traffic analysis
system. This enables police to analyse telephone records to
create "friendship networks" linked to existing police
intelligence systems to automatically target people who are
"of interest". The activity takes place without the issue of any


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