Suche innerhalb des Archivs / Search the Archive All words Any words

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[] Südafrika: Netzüberwachung und Kryptoverbot geht ins Parlament,
Ein recht heftiges Gesetz, das da vom Kabinett gerade beschlossen wurde.
Fragt sich, ob a) sie damit im Parlament durchkommen, b) und bei den
providern (vgl. TKÜV-Proteste der hiesigen Provider), c) ob es nicht
doch unterlaufen wird durch userseitige Sachen wie PGP - verboten werden
sollen wohl nur Krypto-Anwendungen, die duch den Provider zur Verfügung
gestellt werden. RB

-------- Original Message --------
Betreff: FC: South Africa moves to increase Net-surveillance,
Datum: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 11:31:48 -0400
Von: Declan McCullagh <declan -!
- well -
Rückantwort: declan -!
- well -
An: politech -!
- politechbot -

A quick summary of South Africa's "Interception and Monitoring" bill,
has cleared the Cabinet and is heading for a vote in the Parliament:

* Internet providers and telephone companies must provide a pipe to a 
National Monitoring Center for Carnivoresque surveillance. "The Police 
Service, the Defence Force, the Agency, the Service and the Directorate 
must, at State expense, establish, equip, operate and maintain central 
monitoring centres... Duplicate signals of communications authorized to
monitored in terms of this Act, must be routed by the service provider 
concerned to the designated central monitoring centre concerned."

* Internet providers may not "provide any telecommunication service
does not have the capacity to be monitored." A provider is responsible
"decrypting any communication encrypted by a customer if the facility
encryption was provided by the service provider concerned." This
an attack on liberty, privacy, and autonomy, and is akin to
rules in Russia a few years ago. Though as a practical matter, a lot
seem to turn on the definition of "provide." Does that mean giving
an SSL-enabled web browser? IPv6 software?

* The legislation bans the provision of anonymous Internet access. It
"A service provider must... require from such person his or her full
residential, business or postal address and identity number."

* Internet providers and telcos must pay for their own surveillance. "A 
service provider must at own cost and within the period, if any,
by the Minister of Communications in a directive referred to in
(4)(a), acquire the necessary facilities and devices to enable the 
monitoring of communications in terms of this Act. The investment, 
technical, maintenance and operating costs in enabling a
service to be monitored, must be carried by the service provider
such a service."

* Internet providers cannot reveal wiretaps. "No person who is or was 
concerned in the performance of any function in terms of this Act, may 
disclose any information which he or she obtained in the performance of 
such a function" (except to officials or courts).

The text of the legislation is here:


Protests over SA 'snooping' bill
2001-08-13 06:10:06

    By Philippa Garson in Johannesburg

    Protests are growing in South Africa against the country's plan to
    give the security services new powers to monitor terrorists and
    serious criminals.

    Opponents say the Interception and Monitoring Bill is draconian,
    describing it as a charter for government snooping.

    Given only three weeks to make submissions on the Bill,
    organisations have been making last-ditch attempts to garner more
    to respond before the 13 August deadline.

    The bill was quietly passed by South Africa's Cabinet last month,
    largely catching the public unawares.

    It provides for state monitoring of all telecommunications systems,
    including mobile phones, internet and e-mail, once permission has
    granted by relevant authorities.

    In most cases a judge must grant the order, but in some instances a
    police or army officer of a particular rank may do so.


POLITECH -- Declan McCullagh's politics and technology mailing list
You may redistribute this message freely if you include this notice.
Declan McCullagh's photographs are at
To subscribe to Politech:
This message is archived at

Liste verlassen: 
Mail an infowar -
 de-request -!
- infopeace -
 de mit "unsubscribe" im Text.