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Big Brother

‘Big Brother’ database for phones and e-mails - Times Online
A massive government database holding details of every phone call, e-mail and time spent on the internet by the public is being planned as part of the fight against crime and terrorism. Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies would hand over the records to the Home Office under plans put forward by officials.

The proposal will raise further alarm about a “Big Brother” society, as it follows plans for vast databases for the ID cards scheme and NHS patients. There will also be concern about the ability of the Government to manage a system holding billions of records. About 57 billion text messages were sent in Britain last year, while an estimated 3 billion e-mails are sent every day....

The proposal has emerged as part of plans to implement an EU directive developed after the July 7 bombings to bring uniformity of record-keeping. Since last October telecoms companies have been required to keep records of phone calls and text messages for 12 months. That requirement is to be extended to internet, e-mail and voice-over-internet use and included in a Communications Data Bill.

And how the MPs squealed like pigs when we demanded to see the receipts for the goodies they have been claiming from our taxes....


Well at least it will be simple to collect it all. The "Phorm" hardware (that is the best known in the UK but there are others, and such as NebuAd here in the US) being attached at the server farms of several Internet Service Providers to track sites visited is apparently capable of capturing the entire transmission content (most ISPs do not themselves capture very much information, e.g. only EMails kept on their own servers but not those on, say, Yahoo) so it would be simple to require attachment of such.

So your income is 15k pounds a year but you visit sites selling yachts to millionaires? Explain yourself, citizen!

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