UK To Record All Emails, Phone Calls & Website Visits

Cyberia_Internet_CafeTom Whitehead reports that every email, phone call and website visit by UK citizens is to be recorded and stored after the British government revived controversial Big Brother snooping plans, in the Telegraph:

It will allow security services and the police to spy on the activities of every Briton who uses a phone or the internet.

Moves to make every communications provider store details for at least a year will be unveiled later this year sparking fresh fears over a return of the surveillance state. The plans were shelved by the Labour Government last December but the Home Office is now ready to revive them.

It comes despite the Coalition Agreement promised to “end the storage of internet and email records without good reason”.

Any suggestion of a central “super database” has been ruled out but the plans are expected to involve service providers storing all users details for a set period of time.

That will allow the security and police authorities to track every phone call, email, text message and website visit made by the public if they argue it is needed to tackle crime or terrorism…

[continues in the Telegraph]

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12 Responses to UK To Record All Emails, Phone Calls & Website Visits

  1. Ironaddict06 October 20, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I copied this from a post on the Telegraph. Hopefully this will be usefull for some.

    If you do not want people to read your email, you can install GPG:

    http://www.gnupg.org/

    Which is free, and so secure that no military on earth can break it.

    If you want privacy in the content of your phone calls, you can install Zphone:

    http://zfoneproject.com/

    Which will completely secure your phone calls on the following platforms: Zfone has been tested with these VoIP clients: X-Lite, Gizmo (audio, no video yet), XMeeting, Google Talk VoIP client (but only when Google Talk is using RTP), Yahoo Messenger’s VoIP client (for audio), Magic Jack, and SJphone. Zfone will encrypt audio and video for Apple iChat calls on Mac OS X (Leopard). Zfone has been tested with these VoIP service providers: Free World Dialup, iptel.org, and SIPphone.

    If you want to protect not only the content of your phone calls, but also hide the fact that you are making a call at all, you can use Asterisk as this person demonstrates:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8493098426180726284#

    If you do not want the details of where you have been surfing the internet to be divulged, you can buy an inexpensive VPN service, so that your internet presence exits in a country with a written constitution and guaranteed rights:

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=vpn+services+privacy

  2. Ironaddict06 October 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    I copied this from a post on the Telegraph. Hopefully this will be usefull for some.

    If you do not want people to read your email, you can install GPG:

    http://www.gnupg.org/

    Which is free, and so secure that no military on earth can break it.

    If you want privacy in the content of your phone calls, you can install Zphone:

    http://zfoneproject.com/

    Which will completely secure your phone calls on the following platforms: Zfone has been tested with these VoIP clients: X-Lite, Gizmo (audio, no video yet), XMeeting, Google Talk VoIP client (but only when Google Talk is using RTP), Yahoo Messenger’s VoIP client (for audio), Magic Jack, and SJphone. Zfone will encrypt audio and video for Apple iChat calls on Mac OS X (Leopard). Zfone has been tested with these VoIP service providers: Free World Dialup, iptel.org, and SIPphone.

    If you want to protect not only the content of your phone calls, but also hide the fact that you are making a call at all, you can use Asterisk as this person demonstrates:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8493098426180726284#

    If you do not want the details of where you have been surfing the internet to be divulged, you can buy an inexpensive VPN service, so that your internet presence exits in a country with a written constitution and guaranteed rights:

    http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=vpn+services+privacy

  3. Word Eater October 21, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    Well good luck with that.

    Gathering it and storing it is the easy part; getting anything useful out of it is quite another thing.

    That requires a significant amount of analysis and intelligence that I think most countries currently lack.

    • Kmuzu October 21, 2010 at 4:12 am #

      Not the point, it is a good scare tactic to keep people in passive and inline with the government.

  4. Word Eater October 21, 2010 at 5:05 am #

    Well good luck with that.

    Gathering it and storing it is the easy part; getting anything useful out of it is quite another thing.

    That requires a significant amount of analysis and intelligence that I think most countries currently lack.

  5. Foff October 21, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    People need to realize it is already happening and has been happening for a while not. Read The Shadow Factory by James Bamford and wake up

  6. Foff October 21, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    People need to realize it is already happening and has been happening for a while not. Read The Shadow Factory by James Bamford and wake up

  7. Kmuzu October 21, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    Not the point, it is a good scare tactic to keep people in passive and inline with the government.

  8. MeatBurgler October 21, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    U.S. to be next. Guaranteed.

    • Janpmulder October 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

      Sorry to tell you mate, but the US is doing this already for a looooong time! Try googling ECHELON!

  9. MeatBurgler October 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    U.S. to be next. Guaranteed.

  10. Janpmulder October 21, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Sorry to tell you mate, but the US is doing this already for a looooong time! Try googling ECHELON!

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