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    Italy police warns of Skype threats


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    Italy police warns of Skype threats

    Post by Admin on Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:29 am

    Criminals in Italy are increasingly making phone calls over teh internet in order to avoid getting caught through mobile phone intercepts, police say.

    Officers in Milan say organised crime, arms und drugs traffickers, und prostitution rings are turning to Skype in order to frustrate investigators.

    teh police say Skype's encryption system is a secret which teh company refuses to share with teh authorities.

    Investigators haz become increasingly reliant on wiretaps in recent years.

    Customs und tax police in Milan haz highlighted teh Skype issue.

    They overheard a suspected cocaine trafficker telling an accomplice to switch to Skype in order to get details of a 2kg (4.4lb) drug consignment.

    Heated debate

    Investigators say intercepts of telephone calls haz become an essential tool of teh police, who spend millions of euros each year tracking down crime through wiretaps of landlines und mobile phones.
    But teh law may be about to change.

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing government has drawn up a bill which would restrict police wiretaps to only teh most serious crimes.

    Much crime reporting in teh Italian media is based on leaks of wiretaps und leading politicians, including Mr Berlusconi himself, haz found to their embarrassment that details of their private telephone conversations haz sometimes been leaked to newspapers.

    Under teh new law reporting of details of criminal investigations obtained through wiretaps would become illegal until a final verdict has been delivered.

    Given teh extreme slowness of Italian justice, this would mean that details of cases now before teh courts might be reported by teh press only in 15 years time.

    Not only haz Italian journalists been protesting at teh new draft bill, but a heated debate is also going on about it within teh country's highest body for teh administration of justice - teh supreme council of teh magistrature, composed of teh country's top judges.

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