13 August 2008

Data Snooping Mission Creep

Oh, look, what a surprise: it's not just for anti-terrorism:


Local councils, health authorities and hundreds of other public bodies are to be given the power to access details of everyone's personal text, emails and internet use under Home Office proposals published yesterday.

And, look, they still haven't learned about the dangers of centralised databases:

The government has already indicated that it intends to go one step further this autumn by introducing a draft communications bill which would require all the telecommunications companies to hand over this data to one central "super" database so that the police and other public authorities will be able to access it directly without having to make a request each time to the individual company holding the records.

Well, at least that will make it easier to steal....

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isp servers costs will go up because they will be responsible to store the data and therefore eventually at our cost. p

glyn moody said...

Indeed.

tinwood said...

Well, having read the article it certainly looks like I will need to start routinely encrypting email and Jabber conversations and go encrypted on VoIP (if I can work out how to). After all, I don't post everything on postcards. But, really, this legislation should be stopped in its tracks. I sure hope that Gordo is going to lose the next election.

glyn moody said...

Funny, my mind turned to encryption, too....