Concern about secret police bid to control the Internet

first_imgNews October 27, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about secret police bid to control the Internet Organisation Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm today at attempts by the Ukrainian secret police (SBU) to take control of Internet operations in the country and intercept e-mail messages. Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News Follow the news on Ukraine to go further September 7, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm today at attempts by the Ukrainian secret police (SBU) to take control of Internet operations in the country and intercept e-mail messages.”In a country where the media is already monitored closely, the Internet has now become a key target for the SBU,” said secretary-general Robert Ménard. “Its bid to take over management of the national domain name “.ua”, currently in the hands of the private firm Hostmaster, and its proposal that parliament legalise e-mail monitoring, will allow it to effectively gag online activity. We shall watch developments very closely.”Hostmaster sued the government on 22 July over the decision to take controlof the “.ua” domain name. The authorities have asked ICANN, the US-basedworldwide body in charge of assigning all country domain names, to approvethe proposed switch but have had no response.The state telecommunications commission asked telecom operators and Internet service providers (ISPs) on 17 July to install equipment to monitor all traffic they handled. The Ukrainian Internet Association objected strongly to this as an unacceptable breach of privacy for Internet users and noted that for the moment it was still illegalThe SBU asked parliament on 19 August to legalise recording and interception of phone and Internet messages, ostensibly to help fight crime and supposedly bring the law into line with European standards.NB: A copy of the press release was sent to ICANN Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia March 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority UkraineEurope – Central Asia last_img

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