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UK government orders ISPs to retain data

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 May 2008 17:37 User comments (19)

UK government orders ISPs to retain data UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has passed a law that will force phone and internet companies to keep full logs of their customer's internet usage. The data will also need to be made readily available to the police if they need it.
The law, dubbed the "Communications Data Bill", is an offshoot of the EU's "Data Retention Directive". Last October the first part of the bill was passed and forced telcos to "keep records of phone calls to and from land lines and mobile telephones." That will now be extended to internet usage, emails, and VoIP records.

“The aim of the [Directive] is to ensure that certain data is retained to enable public authorities to undertake their lawful activities to investigate, detect and prosecute crime and to protect the public,"
added a Home Office spokeswoman.

“The first part of the [Directive] was transposed into UK law in October 2007 but the Government made a declaration … to postpone its application to the retention of communications data relating to internet access, internet telephony and internet email until 2009. So the measures referred to in the Communications Data Bill will complete the transposition of the Directive for IP [internet protocol] communications data,"
said the Home Office spokeswoman.

If the Bill follows the lead of the Data Retention Directive then the ISPs will have to keep the data logs for 12 months. Police and other law enforcement agencies can get access to the files through a court-ordered warrant.

This is not as bad as it sounds however. The law requires the log to say who called whom, when, and from where but there is no recording of the actual content of the phone calls. It is the same for internet usage records. The content of your emails are safe, for now.

Michael Eagle of the telecoms business lobby group Federation of Communications Services added that the regulations would have little impact on the industry or people's privacy.

"The reality is that nothing much has changed. The new legislation will make little practical difference as most telecoms providers keep certain information for billing purposes and customer records. That information would be enough to meet the requirements of law enforcement agencies. There is no need to keep more data that you are ever likely to be asked for."


The Home Office added some details about the bill. "The purpose of the Bill is to allow communications data capabilities for the prevention and detection of crime and protection of national security to keep up with changing technology through providing for the collection and retention of such data".

"Unless the legislation is updated to reflect these changes, the ability of public authorities to carry out their crime prevention and public safety duties and to counter these threats will be undermined,"
they added.

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19 user comments

116.5.2008 18:30
nobrainer
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"In a world of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."

George Orwell, 1984

i suppose this bill coincides with the review of the socpa and the right to protest that the government wish to expand to the whole country not just around parliament square, what is free speech?

http://www.parliament-square.org.uk/

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/01/389354.html

Originally posted by link:
One of Gordon Brown's first announcements when he became prime minister, was that the state would 'look again' at the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) clauses which affect the right to protest within a kilometer of the Houses of Parliament. Since then, a consultation has been launched by the Home Office, and the closing date for responses is 17/01/08.

Anti-SOCPA campaigners who have studied the proposal are concerned that, rather than leading to a repeal of the relevant clauses of the act, the consultation could lead to an extension of the powers, meaning that any demonstration anywhere in the country would be required to seek police authorisation in advance.
what comes after 99% surveillance, stopping the right to habeas corpus, destroying freedom of speech exactly?

great UK documentary about how the labour government is destroying our rights can be found here, every UK citizen needs to watch and wake up. http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?doci...ALrw5XqCQ&hl=en


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216.5.2008 18:31

Now we see a need for more encryption and to encrypt the amounts of data transmitted ( of personal internet usage)

316.5.2008 19:02
KJ76
Inactive

everone jumps on the bandwagons > its all b*****ks ya ya > select to encrypt your transmissons of data the powers that be have beening doing for some time > nothing can stem the ever large

416.5.2008 20:08

At least in the UK you know before hand. Here in the U.S. you find out after it been going on for a couple of years.

516.5.2008 23:32

big brother has been here for some time now.this is just another manifestation of it.

616.5.2008 23:32

big brother has been here for some time now.this is just another manifestation of it.

716.5.2008 23:32

big brother has been here for some time now.this is just another manifestation of it.

816.5.2008 23:33

sorry for the multiple post.

917.5.2008 8:01

Is this tracking what you download etc aswell, or just emails ingoing and outgoing? Its not very clear

1017.5.2008 11:57

Ahhh, big brother, ever present and ever lurking.

Nice quote BTW nobrainer. That's one of the one's that popped in my head as well.

1117.5.2008 12:31

Install fear, then lose all your rights. What has this world come to. All this national security BS. Just implant the chips in us already and get it over with.

This is just the beginning. zeitgeist.

1217.5.2008 15:58
varnull
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The big trouble is this..

In one of the least free states in the world we have the most state surveillance and spying. It impacts on ordinary every day people.. It does not affect the criminals who have for a long time used unregistered phones and stolen internet connections.

Terrorists were filmed all the way from home to London before the bombings.. they were already on a "watched list".

Every night in my town people are violently assaulted and robbed.. Nobody ever gets caught, but somebody I know was accused of working on the side because he had left home at 8am 3 mornings in a row and was filmed doing so.

This new law hasn't been reported in any way by the mainstream UK media, they are full of some pig bastard getting the shit kicked out of him by some football thugs.. I wish they had killed the asshole myself.. with his baton and riot gear

DEATH TO THE NAZI STATE STORMTROOPERS.. and all their rich big business cronies... MP's BTW are exempt from having their communications bugged and data retained. One law for them... one law for the rest of us.. Charles 1 got his head cut off for that kind of bollocks.

Also in 1984 Orwell stated" In a strictly governed country like Britain any attempt to overthrow the state powers will lead to massive bloodshed, as the state will use any violence necessary against the people to enforce peaceful (if oppressive) rule"..
This has happened in Britain before.. The massacres of civilians who were having nothing more than peaceful political public discussions (Chartists wanting a proper written constitution no less).. peterloo massacre etc...
They had us in 1948.. and by god they have us now after 60 years of complacency! This is not and has never ever been a democracy. The time to rise and cause social upheaval is upon us. I will see you on the barricades comrades!!

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1317.5.2008 20:33

Hahaha...hey varnull Electro Magnetic Pulse is your friend.

1417.5.2008 21:09

varnull/no brains

I do like cameras everywhere(public areas),however data gathering is pointless unless the government can ensure it wont be used for petty brow beating of the consumer by industry, industry dose not have a right/need to access it the government may use it for real crime but another trouble what is a real crime in PC-ville.

We have camera's here locally(USA,TN) but they just hand out car tickets because we are to cheap to put out them to use for real public safety and then they have the balls to shut them down when the company starts price gouging the city, ah unfettered capitalism wait...zippy has a thought introducing.............

Zippy definition="G"apitalism, when greed creates gaps in reason and logic in a monolithic capitalist society.

1517.5.2008 21:37

Zippy made a post....Run Away....

i don't like camera's in any area sorry zippy. you see they help not since its a camera. now a remote mini-gun slapped on with the camera and a script that detects illegal actions when on camera that cause's the mini gun to activate pulverizing everything within its firing path using
armor piercing incinerating rounds.

that effective.

1617.5.2008 22:40

Originally posted by DXR88:
Zippy made a post....Run Away....

i don't like camera's in any area sorry zippy. you see they help not since its a camera. now a remote mini-gun slapped on with the camera and a script that detects illegal actions when on camera that cause's the mini gun to activate pulverizing everything within its firing path using
armor piercing incinerating rounds.

that effective.
what do you have to fear you are doing nothign wrong, look beyond the prying and look at whats its used for, public minor crimes (jwalking,sex in public places and over offenses) not so much ensuring criminal's don't have an alibi or they get caught doing the crime yes its imperfect since criminals can network and figure where the cameras ain't, theres a cadanida cop drama with a coroner lead that went over the ins and outs of cameras setups pretty nicely, its not exactly something thats ripe for abuse, unless its traffic cam.

I think what would be better if you enlisted unarmed (but for mace) street watchers,let them meet every 2-4 weeks for drills and exercise, be sure they sign away a good bit of their rights away this is community service after all and be sure to heavily fine anyone who aids illisct activities who's part of the this public watch.

The trouble is between the lawyers and the "how can I make money off this" people the public gets vague protection.

If anythign they should start putting cameras in high crime areas then work there way up, also public house needs cameras to deal with vandals and crime, I see the good in cameras but more often than not they are under used because the same people who wont put cops on the beat wont pay more for more people to watch the Gdam cameras..

1717.5.2008 23:09

im sorry i just don't believe camera's will solve anything. its the dame government there getting to lazy and cops are about as useless as it get.

i had my house broken into before if i didn't have my Remington ready id probably be dead as it took them 15 minutes to get there. there trying to replace eye's of law enforcement with camera's and it simply isn't going to work. put on a ski mask and dark shades and you ruin the camera's IDing capability's by a good 60% right there. in the end its still processed by human judgment and hands.


this is oppression of human rights, when we as a human being can no longer judge for are self right and wrong. when we can no longer move in public without the aid of the government monitoring us.When we can no longer stand until the government says to do so.

my grandfather lost the use of he's legs, so we could live in freedom
and millions others lost there life for that right. and now that right is being suppressed by the government.

1817.5.2008 23:13

Originally posted by DXR88:
im sorry i just don't believe camera's will solve anything. its the dame government there getting to lazy and cops are about as useless as it get.

i had my house broken into before if i didn't have my Remington ready id probably be dead as it took them 15 minutes to get there. there trying to replace eye's of law enforcement with camera's and it simply isn't going to work. put on a ski mask and dark shades and you ruin the camera's IDing capability's by a good 60% right there. in the end its still processed by human judgment and hands.


this is oppression of human rights, when we as a human being can no longer judge for are self right and wrong. when we can no longer move in public without the aid of the government monitoring us.When we can no longer stand until the government says to do so.

my grandfather lost the use of he's legs, so we could live in freedom
and millions others lost there life for that right. and now that right is being suppressed by the government.

oppression of human rights?
thats a bit of an overstatement, again look at what cameras do if anything its a misuse of government funds to under staff/fund it when they need to focus on other things.

Next yyou will say if they had a cop on every conner it would be some odd oppressional setup to herd the populace better.
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1917.5.2008 23:26

oh it will lead to that my friend just you wait, they will be cattle prodding us to our cages,and branding are babies with micro identifiers in no time.

human ethics are for the most part gone, and what little there is, is being swept under the rug of time.

a waist of government money yeah it is considerings the pay scale of police officers these day's.

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