Re: ENUM domain hijack an already unlawful wiretap?, enum-l@localhost, enum-trial@localhost
- Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 11:44:00 +0100
At 00:05 29.02.2004, James Seng wrote:
sorry if I was unclear: I assumed maliciious intent with both scenarios.
Neither of case are wiretap. Incompetencies are not illegal (yet).
re case 2: There is one scenario I can think of where the old number holder
knows who will be the new holder (e.g. in Austria it is cheaper to transfer
a pots line including number to a new subscriber than to cancel+newly
install one). E.g. after a divorce that isnt totally unlikely..
re: incompetence - violating a law and claiming you didnt know it
traditionally doesnt help much in court.
Maybe it is enough to state in terms and conditions that "the right to use
services based on derived communication parameters is void as soon as the
right-to-use in the primary communication parameter expires. A failure to
comply may be qualified as a breach of privacy of other persons."
Unfortunately, this collides with the implicit assumption what the nature
of numbers allocated from blocks held by telcos are - it seems to me that
the user has no responsibility other than to pay his bills and other than
that may claim stupidity.
This is very different from direct end-user number allocation for service
numbers where the user provably must have had knowledge about usage T&C, so
incompetence may not be claimed. It's also not a problem with domain names,
where it is very clear that the user (not ISP!) is liable if he violates
the right of third parties. It took the justice system many years to
understand the difference, but it is status quo for domains nowadays.
Michael Haberler wrote:
Here's a strawman for you to to shoot down:
Taking the "technology neutral" view, I'd say both are cases of an
unlawful wiretap. For that legislation exists making the person
responsible doing that, not the telco.
Now where's the difference? I wonder if we need any regulation against
ENUM domain hijack at all.
Nevermind that case 2 is one of the more stupid forms of intentional
wiretapping as it is in most cases hard to predict who's going to be
tapped in the first place because that depends on the lucky draw of
number reassignment, leave alone the unattractive timespan between intent
and "success". But the case of "inadvertent wiretap by negligence" remains.