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Arbitrary DISTRIBUTION AND PROCESSING DATA COMPLAINANT POLICE AUTHORITIES AND PROVIDERS MOBILE PHONE!

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(Title) in immediate danger of leakage and arbitrary treatment at the data communication between citizens (via fixed, mobile and Internet), not only in Greece but all countries of the EU .
The Committee of European Data Protection Authorities (known as the Working Party 29) not only reiterated its opposition to the EU Directive (2006/24), which requires the records for police purposes, but considers very likely a violation of fundamental individual rights such as freedom of expression, the unaudited actions of law enforcement mechanisms and lack of robust security measures in companies, providers of such services.
all done even when the Government through the Minister Justice H. Kastanidis brings late in parliament a law on the integration of the relevant EU directive into national law. So far, telephone companies and Internet records are kept for commercial purposes (eg billing services), but also cooperate in law waiver of confidentiality, the Police, the National Intelligence Service and other prosecuting authorities. We provide services traffic data and location services for users, who are “suspected” of committing crimes.

This cooperation has gone even further, when companies were forced to give confidential information to telephone calls thousands of people after the massive secrecy lifted in whole areas of Athens, made by the Police recent months on terrorism cases. To circumvent any problems even legality “, the Police baptized these cases “national security».
growing concern that if you disregard the safety measures of companies, data files already hold, are rudimentary.

In particular, since control of the Greek authorities in seven major companies, service providers and Internet telephony (Wind, Cosmote, OTE, Vodafone, etc.) showed that:
* retain the name calling and the called party, the date, time and duration the call, the cell activated, cause termination (fixed), the User name, IP address, the POP3 and IMAP protocols, the sender of the e-mail on the Internet.
** The retention period file varies drastically. Ranging from 2-5 years depending on the company.
* Communication with the Police for dealing with requests for waiver of confidentiality is made only in sealed envelopes, registered mail and fax (in one case used encrypted mail).
* The electronic security measures used on access control, using secure communications channels, the risk analysis in general, since only one company had a safety certificate and is not used anywhere encryption.

* * There were no specific measures of physical protection of these files, nor any special training for staff in their management.
** There was no separate files depending on whether it is used for commercial purposes (eg billing) or by police authorities for investigation and prosecution of crime. However, this is logical, since Greece has not transposed the directive allows access to law enforcement mechanisms in the traffic data of citizens.

Fears grow as well, as revealed in the pan-European survey by the Committee of European Data Protection Authorities several police ask pressing suppliers to give them more information and data from those receiving or sending the request without being accompanied by a decision of a judicial authority.
The research was conducted to determine whether the phone service and Internet know the serious dangers that threaten civil rights and they have taken increased security measures.
The general conclusions are disappointing. These safeguards will vary depending on the economic size of the provider, but they are not always depending on the sensitivity of data stored.

Beyond the proposed aid measures such as establishing a specific code of the controller treatment, police and judicial authorities, the Committee expresses serious reservations about the scope of that directive. “The availability of such data allows the revelation of preferences, opinions and attitudes of citizens, interfering in private lives and significantly affects the confidentiality of communications and fundamental rights such as freedom of expression. Such scenarios are unfortunately more likely to occur due to intentional activities, but also neglect the mechanisms for retention of records. Under these circumstances, the implementation of EU Directive on retention of records by providers of electronic communications and Internet services connected to a high level of risk that requires appropriate technical and organizational security measures, outlined in a special report.

By Christos ZERVOU

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31-7-2010

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