A privacy code for Internet service providers (ISPs) is top of the agenda at an Internet privacy forum next week.
The meeting, on 22 March, has been organised by trade association London Internet Exchange (Linx) to counter fears that ISPs have been collaborating with police forces to allow access to personal data and email.
Linx chairman Keith Mitchell said collaboration with police created a ?mistaken impression that subscribers? privacy is not of primary importance to ISPs.?
The proposed code will not be mandatory, but it will be supported by the Internet Service Providers? Association and Mitchell hopes that ?market forces? will push ISPs into signing up.
The code sets out best practices, including promises from ISPs not to read customers? emails, to have adequate security to stop hackers violating privacy, and to ensure that user data complies with privacy legislation.
The forum will be attended by public interest group Cyber-Rights & Civil-Liberties, representation from the DTI, and over 30 industry representatives including BT and AOL.
Cyber-Rights director Yaman Akdeniz welcomed the move.
Last week the group gave evidence to the Trade and Industry Committee?s electronic commerce inquiry, as did Data Protection Registrar Elizabeth France.
For more stories see 18 March issue of Computing
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