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Cybercrime Treaty Pushes Surveillance Worldwide 89

bs0d3 writes "As part of an emerging international trend to try to 'civilize the Internet', one of the world's worst Internet law treaties — the highly controversial Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Cybercrime — is back on the agenda. Canada and Australia are using the Treaty to introduce new invasive, online surveillance laws, many of which go far beyond the Convention's intended levels of intrusiveness. Negotiated over a decade ago, only 31 of its 47 signatories have ratified it. Many considered the Treaty to be dormant but in recent years a number of countries have been modeling national laws based on the flawed Treaty. Leaving out constitutional safeguards, gag orders in place of oversight, and forcing service providers to retain your data may all be coming soon."
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Cybercrime Treaty Pushes Surveillance Worldwide

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  • by mlts ( 1038732 ) * on Thursday August 25, 2011 @06:11PM (#37213088)

    Or more likely, governments in the future will just sit back and build a profile from information shared internationally. Then use a heuristic tool to assign a point core on amount of posts, wording, and other such to assign a threat factor to someone. That threat factor gets beyond a threshold, the local police get notified, the person disappears, and either a prison camp gets another hand, or an organ bank gets another set of kidneys, heart and other items to sell to a high bidder.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 25, 2011 @06:43PM (#37213328)

    LOL, you're confused.

    It wasn't socialists, it was people masquerading as socialists. Including a few out and out fascists, such as the National Socialists of some country or another.

    They also masquerade as Communists, Christians, Liberals, Libertarians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and so forth.

    About the only thing they don't call themselves is anything accurate.

  • by jnpcl ( 1929302 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @06:49PM (#37213352)

    The guy who got into Palin's Yahoo used a VPN server, and those guys were more than willing to burn him when the Feds came knocking.

    I went to college with the guy who ran that VPN server.

    The only reason he cooperated with the Feds so readily is because he didn't want them flagging him as a Person Of Interest.

  • by Grygus ( 1143095 ) on Thursday August 25, 2011 @08:00PM (#37213814)

    You assume that the U.S. military would be used by the government to put down any significant rebellion, but I do not think this is very certain; it may seem counter-intuituve, but the U.S. military culture has a strong streak of distrust of high authority. There is a lot of thought and language devoted to classifying orders as lawful and unlawful. Some few will no doubt go along with any order, but as a whole I think it's hard to say where they would come down in the long run.

I've finally learned what "upward compatible" means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes. -- Dennie van Tassel