Report urges Europeans to take anti-Echelon

    Date29 May 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3260
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    An investigative committee of the European Parliament has concluded that the U.S. National Security Agency, along with the intelligence services of four other countries, operate a global electronic surveillance network code-named Echelon, but that the system is far less capable than . . . An investigative committee of the European Parliament has concluded that the U.S. National Security Agency, along with the intelligence services of four other countries, operate a global electronic surveillance network code-named Echelon, but that the system is far less capable than previously reported.

    A May 18th draft report (download .pdf) by the EU's Temporary Committee on the Echelon Interception System concludes that while the existence of the system "is no longer in doubt," analysis shows that it "cannot be nearly as extensive as some sections of the media have assumed." Still, the committee urged EU member states, businesses and private citizens to use encryption software whenever possible.

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