I wonder if government folks will ever realize that laws like these only
inconvenience the innocent and catch the dumb.  The smart evil folks always
find ways to circumvent these kinds of things.  What's to stop someone from
encrypting the real message in some non-U.S.-legal encryption, and attaching
it as a JPG to a (seemingly) innocent e-mail message?  Does the EU require
that all e-mail attachments be stored, also?  If so, wow, that is a lot of
backup tapes!

U.S. perpetrators could use the Enron-Andersen defense "but we didn't intend
to break the law by shredding those backup tapes".

It seems to me the EU solution shifts most of the costs of enforcement onto
the ISPs.  They have to pay for the archival storage to comply with the law.
The U.S. solution puts the costs of storage on the government.  So I guess
the U.S. solution is better, perhaps?  Or maybe not better, just less bad?

Best regards,
Ivan Baggett
Bagotronix Inc.
website:  www.bagotronix.com


----- Original Message -----
From: "Rene Tschaggelar" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 6:01 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Tracking Number


> Oh, we (Switzerland and Europe) passed a law that the ISPs have to archive
> all emails of all users for 6 month. Strange, the US refused to do that,
> since they have their echelon system that filters all emails in realtime.
> Both believe it helps them.
>
> Rene
>



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