Forwarded from: "Huggins, Michael" <mhhugginsat_private> The full documentation is worth reading if one has a chance go to the committees home page and read all the documentation. EPIC and others scream infringement anytime someone tries to do what is for the good of the whole. FIDNET was defeated by their liberal tirade. Let's not be one sided, use our minds to solve issues. http://www.senate.gov/~gov_affairs/050802witness.htm Michael H. Huggins CISSP CTOC USN (ret) First Command Information Security Manager 817 569 2435 -----Original Message----- From: InfoSec News [mailto:isnat_private] Sent: Monday, May 13, 2002 1:41 AM To: isnat_private Subject: [ISN] Smith Bill Raises Police Power Concerns Forwarded from: Bob <bobat_private> http://dc.internet.com/news/print/0,,2101_1107691,00.html By Roy Mark dc.internet.com 10 May 2002 For Alan Davidson, the associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, the greater issue involving H.R. 3482 -- the Cyber Security Enhancement Act of 2001 -- is not increased surveillance of Internet users by Internet service providers (ISPs), but, rather, giving greater police powers to law enforcement agencies. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday and now awaits a floor vote of the full membership. Under current law, ISPs can face civil damages for disclosing user activity unless that activity presents an immediate risk of death or physical injury. Under H.R. 3482, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R.-Tex.) ISPs would be able to report threats that are "not immediate" and be protected from privacy violation lawsuits. According to Davidson, who is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's graduate program in communications, culture and technology, the privacy threat to Internet users is more likely to come from law enforcement agencies than from ISPs spying on users. "What concerns me is that police will come to an ISP and claim an emergency or a broad definition of an emergency and ISPs, being good citizens, will voluntarily give them user information because they will be protected from civil litigation," Davidson said. The bill aims to better coordinate cyber security efforts between federal, state and local agencies, make information more readily available to law enforcement agencies and slap harsher penalties on cyber criminals. [...] - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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