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Worst privacy invasion in the world, by the UK

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 5 years ago

The Internet 1

Anonymous Coward writes "A European Union directive, which Britain was instrumental in devising, comes into force which will require all internet service providers to retain information on email traffic, visits to web sites and telephone calls made over the internet, for 12 months.

Police and the security services will be able to access the information to combat crime and terrorism.

Hundreds of public bodies and quangos, including local councils, will also be able to access the data to investigate flytipping and other less serious crimes.

It was previously thought that only the large companies would be required to take part, covering 95 per cent of Britain's internet usage, but a Home Office spokesman has confirmed it will be applied "across the board" to even the smallest company."

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"Technology .. Stasi .. dreamed of" (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 5 years ago | (#27471327)

Wow this is very invasive.
"Hundreds of public bodies and quangos, including local councils, will also be able to access the data to investigate flytipping and other less serious crimes."
quangos - non-governmental organization performing governmental functions.
This could mean cyber vigilante groups targeting anyone who visits a website, posts on a forum or has a link to someone of interest.
Gathering data like this is fine for the security forces. With MI5/6, scotland yard or some task force you face a day in court.
Even with rendition, a member of the house may ask after you and after a few years you get to face a real Embassy official.
The problem with the UK system is 'anyone' interested can see you usage data and get a mob at your door.
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