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Newsletter 6-1-97

 

letters/FACTNews #6 - June 1, 1997

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(1) HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES ENCRYPTION BILL
(2) INTERNET THIEF APPREHENDED
(3) ADVERTISERS, PRIVACY ADVOCATES DEBATE COOKIES
(4) LAW CAN'T REACH INTERNET, CANADIAN TRIBUNAL TOLD
(5) GOVERNMENT GIVES OKAY ON PGP EXPORTS
(6) INTERVIEW WITH XS4ALL CO-FOUNDER
(7) UK ENCRYPTION POLICY REPORT RELEASED
(8) FRANCE - SECRECY LAW EVADED BY INTERNET USERS
(9) UK SECRET ABUSE REPORT HITS THE NET
(10) THE ULTIMATE INTERNET NAME FIGHT -- WHO OWNS "INTERNET"?
(11) EPIC ALERT FOR JUNE

(1) HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES ENCRYPTION BILL

After significantly narrowing a troubling provision, the House Judiciary Committee today approved strong encryption legislation that would enable new privacy protections for millions of Internet users.

In other action, the Judiciary Committee approved, as expected, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would bar "desecration" of the flag. That 20-to-9 vote moves the proposed amendment toward a full floor vote in early June.

On encryption, the committee approved by voice vote H.R. 695, the "Security and Freedom Through Encryption Act" or SAFE, which would make stronger encryption products available to American citizens and users of the Internet around the world. It is being sponsored by Representative Bob Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia, and already has more than 85 co-sponsors from both parties.

Although the ACLU and other privacy organizations had strongly endorsed the Goodlatte legislation, they asked legislators to reconsider a provision that would create new criminal penalties for the use of encryption in furtherance of a crime.

On a voice vote, the Judiciary Committee accepted an amendment introduced by Representative William Dellahunt, a Democrat from Massachusetts, that significantly narrows that troubling provision.

A somewhat similar bill -- the "Promotion of Commerce in a Digital Era Act" or Pro-CODE -- has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Conrad Burns, Republican of Montana.

[From: Capitol NewsWire <CapNsWire@aol.com>] From NBNews, with permission.

(2) INTERNET THIEF APPREHENDED

A computer cracker who broke into a San Diego Internet service provider's computer and stole 100,000 credit card numbers has been nabbed. The thief used a "packet sniffer" program to gather the information from a dozen companies selling products over the Internet, and was arrested as he tried to peddle them to an undercover FBI agent for $260,000. "What is unique about this case is that this individual was able to hack into this third party, copy this information and encrypt it to be sold," says a Bureau spokesman. The cracker was using an account at the University of California at San Francisco, although authorities have not determined whether he is affiliated with the university. (New York Times 23 May 97)

(From Edupage 25 May 97)

(3) ADVERTISERS, PRIVACY ADVOCATES DEBATE COOKIES

A recent proposal by the Internet Engineering Task Force would make it easier to control the use of "cookies" -- the technology that tracks a user's clicks through a Web site -- by changing the default setting for "third-party cookies." "The proposal will allow users to exercise greater control over the creation and collection of personal information resulting from transactions between we clients and web servers," say supporters in a letter. Rumors of some Web sites sharing information -- for instance, information given as part of a financial transaction combined with other information collected by cookies -- have heightened fears of privacy invasion, as the cross-referencing of this information could allow a company to match up an individual's virtual persona with his or her real identity. The IETF proposal would change the specifications for third party cookies to direct the browser not to accept the cookie. The Association of Online Professionals has come out against the proposal, citing potential loss of services from online providers who rely on cookies for passwords, preferences and other tasks; loss of a major method used to assess the success of Web advertising; and loss of "hundreds of thousands of man-hours for reprogramming Web sites." (BNA Daily Report for Executives 23 May 97)

(From Edupage 25 May 97)

(4) LAW CAN'T REACH INTERNET, CANADIAN TRIBUNAL TOLD

TORONTO - The federal Human Rights Commission has no right to interfere with an Internet site linked to Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, his lawyer argued Monday.

Doug Christie told a three-member tribunal they have no jurisdiction over the Internet, a worldwide computer network with few content rules and no regulating body.

Christie is asking the tribunal to delay or stop the hearing, saying that while the commission has authority over the telephone system, the Internet is something else entirely.

"The Internet is not a telephone," he said. "It's not that these (computer) devices don't use a telephone - of course they do - but they don't use them telephonically. They use them electronically."

The commission is holding preliminary hearings into a complaint from the City of Toronto's race relations committee and Toronto resident Sabina Citron.

The complaint alleges that a Web site, bearing Zundel's name, was promoting hatred against Jews and denying that millions of Jews were killed by Nazis during the Second World War.

Excerpt from CSS Internet News (tm) See: http://www.southam.com/hamiltonspectator/cgi/newsnow.pl?nkey=hs&file=/national/970526/n052616.html

(5) GOVERNMENT GIVES OKAY ON PGP EXPORTS

The U.S. government has granted an encryption export license to one of the biggest thorns in its side.

Pretty Good Privacy says it has won approval to export strong encryption technology overseas. The license allows PGP to export technology up to 128 bits; the government's regular licenses only allow up to 56 bits. To date, the government has only approved 128-bit encryption exports for technology that protects financial transactions but PGP technology can encrypt any kind of digital communication.

PGP was founded by cryptographer Phil Zimmermann. Zimmerman became something of a cause celebre when he posted his PGP technology on the Net in defiance of laws prohibiting international distribution of encryption technology. Zimmermann came close to going to jail before the government dropped its case against him.

The company said tonight that it counts more than half of Fortune 100 companies use its email software.

PGP still has another old foe to worry about. Encryption software giant RSA Data Security earlier this month filed a patent infringement lawsuit against PGP. The suit alleged that PGP is unlawfully using RSA technology licensed to Lemcom before its merger with PGP in 1996. PGP officials say RSA's claims are without merit.

Watchdogger Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com> clarified it, saying, "PGP is permitted to export its software only to the overseas branches of 106 U.S. companies. The export approval doesn't depend on "key recovery" features, but neither is it a general export license."

PGP is at www.pgp.com PGP's press release is at <http://www.pgp.com/newsroom/prel34.cgi>.
See: http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,11048,00.html

(6) INTERVIEW WITH XS4ALL CO-FOUNDER

An interview with Rop Gonggrijp, one of the founders of XS4ALL, with topics ranging from hacking to free speech and the rights and responsibilities of Internet service providers, is available at <http://www.freenix.fr/netizen/special/xs4all-eng.html>.

(7) UK ENCRYPTION POLICY REPORT RELEASED

A new report on Encryption Policy in the UK, backed by many civil liberties organizations, was published today by Cyber-Rights and Cyber-Liberties (UK), a civil rights group founded by University of Leeds Law Researcher Yaman Akdeniz.

It is available at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/law/pgs/yaman/ukdtirep.htm

The Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) report proposes that UK encryption policy must strike a balance among improved online commerce, crime prevention, and civil rights, and must recognise the history and global nature of encryption policy development. It was published in response to proposals by the UK Department of Trade and Industry to regulate the provision of encryption services in the UK.

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) `First Report on UK Encryption Policy' has been endorsed and supported by 15 organizations from different countries with similar aims:

American Civil Liberties Union (USA) - <http://www.aclu.org>
ALCEI - Electronic Frontiers Italy - <http://www.nexus.it/alcei>
CITADEL (EF France) - <http://www.citadeleff.org>
CommUnity UK - <http://www.community.org.uk/>
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (USA) - <http://cpsr.org/home.html/>
Derechos Human Rights (USA)- <http://www.derechos.org/>
Digital Citizens Foundation (Netherlands) - <http://www.db.nl>
Electronic Frontier Foundation (USA) - <http://www.eff.org/>
Electronic Frontier Foundation - Austin (USA) - <http://www.eff-austin.org>
Elektronisk Forpost Norge (Norway) - <http://www.sn.no/~efn>
FITUG (Germany) - <http://www.fitug.de/>
Fronteras Electronicas Espana (FrEE - Spain) - <http://www.las.es/free>
NetAction (USA) - <http://www.netaction.org>
Quintessenz (Austria) - <http://www.quintessenz.at>
XS4ALL (Netherlands) - <http://www.xs4all.nl>

(8) FRANCE - SECRECY LAW EVADED BY INTERNET USERS

A French law requiring that opinion polls be kept secret during the week before a parliamentary vote was evaded by tens of thousands of French Internet users who accessed Web sites on which the polls had been posted anonymously. The Le Monde newspaper editorialized: ``From here on, it is the globalization of communications that renders the law obsolete. (AP 31 May 97)

>From EDUPAGE 1 June 97.

(9) UK SECRET ABUSE REPORT HITS THE NET

The Joint Enquiry Report into the 1988 Broxtowe Case, the inside story of UK's first `Satanic Ritual Abuse' case has now been published for the first time on the Internet by three UK journalists (Nick Anning, David Hebditch and Margaret Jervis). The report which was written in 1989 by a joint enquiry team (JET) of police and social workers in the aftermath of the Broxtowe Case is being made available on the Internet in the hope that an informed readership will be able to draw its own conclusions.

But Nottinghamshire County Council has threatened (See <http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~dlheb/legal1.htm>) the three journalists with legal action if they fail to remove the controversial JET Report from their Internet Web Site on the ground that any copying of the report is an infringement of the Nottinghamshire County Council's copyright in Britain and the report has been withdrawn from its original place on Tuesday afternoon (03 June 1997) but provides links to the mirror sites. (See http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~dlheb/jetrepor.htm)

Also see <http://www.leeds.ac.uk/law/pgs/yaman/yaman.htm>

Mirror Web Sites so far:
See http://www.double-barrel.be/mirrors/dlheb/
See http://www.crystalwind.com/free_speech/jetrep.html
See http://samsara.law.cwru.edu/comp_law/jetrep.htm
See http://web.archive.org/web/19980209082545/http://fsinfo.cs.uni-sb.de/~hirvi/mirror/

>From Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) at: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/law/pgs/yaman/yaman.htm

(10) THE ULTIMATE INTERNET NAME FIGHT -- WHO OWNS "INTERNET"?

In 1990 the word "Internet" was registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark by a Reston, Virginia, company called Internet, Inc. (now called Honors Technologies Inc.) which runs the "MOST" automated teller machine network for 450 member banks, savings and loans, and credit unions. Recently, Honors Technologies has sent letters to other companies, warning them that their use of the word "Internet" is a trademark infringement. But Don Heath, chief executive of the Internet Society (also, coincidentally, located in Reston) says: "We think it's preposterous that anyone should trademark the word 'Internet.' Our objective is the cancellation of the trademark so that it can be used by anybody." Honors Technologies maintains it is interested only in restricting the use of the word by companies in the banking business. (Washington Post 2 Jun 97)

>From EDUPAGE 3 June 97

(11) EPIC ALERT FOR JUNE

The newest EPIC Alert is out and contains:

[1] FTC Privacy Hearings Set to Begin
[2] FBI Director Seeks Enhanced Surveillance Capabilities
[3] Cryptographers Call Key-Escrow Unworkable
[4] Anti-Spam Legislation Introduced
[5] Clinton Endorses Privacy Rights
[6] Annual U.S. Wiretap Report Released
[7] 1997 EPIC Cryptography Sourcebook Now Available
[8] Upcoming Conferences and Events

It is available at http://www.epic.org/

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CSS Internet News (tm) - For subscription details email jwalker@tor.hookup.net with SUBINFO CSSINEWS in the subject line.

CYBER-RIGHTS & CYBER LIBERTIES (UK) is issued by Yaman Akdeniz <lawya@leeds.ac.uk> and found at: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/law/pgs/yaman/yaman.htm

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