Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Government plans new super database - Computeractive

If proposals are accepted spooks could spy on Brits' communications without needing Home Office approval

Dinah Greek, Computeract!ve 06 Oct 2008

The UK government is considering implementing a database that can monitor and log the internet browsing habits, emails and phone calls of every Briton, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

If the proposal is implemented, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) would be in charge of handling the project, which is expected to cost around £12bn.

The reported aim would be to counter terrorism and organised crime. Currently MI5 has to apply to the Home Secretary for warrants to intercept specific email and website traffic.

via Government plans new super database - Computeractive.

OK I can see their point in wantingt to do this but what they seem to have forgotten that without Home office approval this is a blatant infringment of human rights, to be exact ARTICLE 8 - RIGHT TO RESPECT FOR PRIVATE AND FAMILY LIFE which says "(The full text of Article 8 is set out in OG 71 A2). This Convention right ensures that everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and correspondence". What does article 8 cover?

interception of correspondence, (telephone, letter, email)

search warrants (at home or at work);

access to information about a person’s own identity

The list goes on. If you want to know more about Article 8 of the Human rights act, click here. On top of the infringments the government seem to be turning a blind eye to lets face it the British government dont have a good record of keeping our details safe does it? The loss of Data sticks, CD`s, Paper work etc, etc. This is not a very good plan Mr Brown...

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