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Example Europe

Beginning in 1991, new plans have emerged in Europe to create an European-wide surveillance system. Currently, in April 1999, these surveillance plans, called Enfopol 98, are about to become law in all countries of the European union. Most of the following information is found on [29].

Enfopol surveillance plans target any form of telecommunications - be it data, encrypted or in clear form, mobile telephony, the new Iridium system and other satellite mobile phone services that may follow. If these plans pass as proposed Enfopol will be able to monitor almost every communication.

Currently, Enfopol is not reality but merely a proposal drawn up by a working group for police collaboration. But before November 1998, this new system was not known to the public. At that time a German magazine published the first draft of the final Enfopol proposal and initiated a public discussion.

It is interesting to note that the Enfopol proposal resembles legal draft papers that were already put to work in Germany and Austria, but finally dismissed because of an outcry in the public.

As far as I could see, this system should only be used for European-internal purposes. Whether it is designed only to track suspects, or to filter all communications without special suspicion, is something I don't know.


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Tim Wellhausen
2000-01-20