UK Government Considers Phone call and Email Database

Okay so here's an example of the sort of thing that gets my hackles up ...

According to this article on the BBC website, UK government ministers are to consider plans for a database holding details of every phone call made and email sent within the nation.

Aside from the fact that this presents an ethical dilemma between national security and reasonable individual rights to privacy (which is a separate rat hole in and of itself), this also illustrates just how poorly our government representatives understand technology.

I mean, unless they plan to capture every single octet of data on the wire, anyone wishing to make nefarious phone calls or emails to plot against national security can easily circumvent this. Do they plan to try and get the Skype P2P network updating their database? :) Do they have some clever way of detecting email that isn't sent over the standard ports? Nope - this is another great way to burgle the taxpayer. Dumb!!

Comments:

This is outrageous. The lunatics are now running the asylum and we voted to put them in this position. Thre is no justification whatever for private information of this nature to be available to government agencies.
We are already ina position where there are not enough police to deal with existing crime and the management of this proposal would involve the employment of a sizeable and expensive staff.
This is not about stopping so called terrorism but a far reaching social and political control system
Its the end of a very large wedge and its inplementation would be te last straw that will cause me to emigrate

Posted by Ronald Scott on May 20, 2008 at 10:18 AM BST #

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