Friday, August 25, 2006

Minister of Justice criticizes anonymization service

AN.ONThe Justice Minister in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein is upset the state data protection authority is developing anonymisation software that protects people's privacy online (thanks, Dave!):

"The spending of taxpayers' money on a project that makes it possible for terrorists and criminals of all kinds to commit crimes without being caught, cannot be countenanced. Something that at the time was created for legitimate data-privacy reasons, these days more or less amounts to an invitation to criminals operating in such areas as child pornography, say, or to terrorists, to get their hands on and use for their own ends. Such programs are more or less designed to foil authorities' attempts to act swiftly." — Uwe Döring

"These conclusions are very difficult to comprehend. The project was carried out in close cooperation with the prosecuting authorities of both the German federal states and the federal government. The business community has also pointed out to us that for companies it is a very important tool for protecting themselves against industrial espionage on the Internet." —Thilo Weichert, head of the state data protection authority

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