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Government to snoop on all emails | The Sunday Times

THE government is to expand hugely its powers to monitor email exchanges and website visits of every person in Britain.

Under plans expected to be announced in the Queen’s speech next month, internet companies will be told to install thousands of pieces of hardware to allow GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping centre, to scrutinise “on demand” every phone call made, text message and email sent and website accessed in real time.

Under the current law, companies must keep records for some traditional types of phone and electronic communication for a year.

The new legislation would extend this provision to cover a much wider field, including social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and online video games.

An effort by Labour to introduce a similar law was shelved in 2006 after fierce opposition from the Tories, Liberal Democrats and privacy campaigners.

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Spooky!

My understanding is that VOIP is basically un-buggable UNLESS the endpoint hardware/software has been compromised, but since upgrades come fast and furious the chances are that their isn't a back door is limited.

That being said I see a big market in encryption coming up. Your hard drive, everything through an anonymizing VPN, etc...

I'm personally getting rather fed up with the presumption that some/all governments & corporations have that they have rights to simply eavesdrop and record every move we make, because they can.

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