Big Brother Britain
Local authorities in the UK have now been given the power to access all the details of every citizen's personal text messages, e-mails, phone calls, and internet use.
These are under the new Home Office proposals. Ministers want it to be a mandatory measure for telephone and internet companies to keep details of this personal nature for at least 12 months.
They admitted, the Home Office that is, that for this to work the communications industry would have to have to store “a billion incidents of data exchange a day” and that data would be made to available to investigators right across Europe. The concept has been ushered in from the EU, and it is so extensive that it means the details of your text messages, phone calls, internet use, and even VOIP calls will be stored for a minimum of 12 months.
The authorities are saying it will help protect the UK from terror threats but many see it as a threat to their personal security and private lives.
It is already mandatory for telecommunications companies such as BT, Orange and O2 to keep records of all mobile and landline phone traffic. They also voluntarily store electronic internet data which under these new proposals will be come mandatory, no doubt so it can be put into the “super database” which they have indicated planning. This new database would make all of the data being mined by the telecommunications industry available to the police, and all other public bodies, so that they wouldn’t have to contact the company who gathered the data in order to get access to it.
For our NowPublic members in the UK and Europe, and anywhere else for that matter, what do you think about it?
'One Nation Under CCTV'?