The Register meldt dat de EU plannen om het aftappen van internet verkeer (waaronder realtime monitoring van emails) mogelijk te maken (voorlopig) heeft laten vallen:
According to senior sources close to the Finnish presidency of the EU, the European Council wants to redraft completely the text for the European recommendation on the Interception of Internet traffic, known as Enfopol.
Britain and the Netherlands, alongside industry bodies such as the European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA), have been lobbying for some time to get the draft dropped.
As it stands the current proposal would have allowed law enforcement authorities extensive access to communications performed via the Internet and other "new technologies".
But opponents of the controversial text criticised it for being too vague and lacking in safeguards.
In a statement today, Jean Christophe Le Toquin, president of EuroISPA, said: "The biggest flaw of the Enfopol proposal was that many of the points have not been clearly defined.
"The current text calls for 'full time, real time access' to 'new' forms of communication, without even attempting to explain what exactly is or is not covered and would pay for the surveillance."