UK planning broad online domestic spying regime
2013-02-07 0:00

From: RT.com


UK officials plan to monitor Britonsí online activities by placing surveillance devices on the countryís telecom networks, a Parliamentary report says. The program would keep tabs on which websites were visited as well as who contacted whom.

≠On Tuesday the British Parliamentís Intelligence and Security Committee published the report outlining a massive, national surveillance program based in the countryís very electronic infrastructure. The report does not specify the number of so-called "probes" to be installed across Britainís telecommunications networks, but says it would be part of a regime stockpiling information on nearly every move Britons make online.

ďItís been in the media and on the table of the government since last April and itís been receiving quite a lot of attention, as you can imagine the people in Great Britain donít like the thought of the government collecting all of their communications in this way. From their point of view, it goes against the very basis of the democratic institution that is our parliament in Britain,Ē deputy director of Big Brother Watch, Emma Carr, told RT.

The new program will go beyond just keeping tabs on the Brits. If anyone abroad communicates online with someone in the UK then it will allow surveillance of their personal information as well, stretching the programís geographical reach.

The government says the installation of the probes will be critical in the online fight against terrorism and other crime, and that the content of emails or Skype calls would not necessarily be collected. Instead, they say, the program would keep track of so-called "outside the envelope" information Ė such as a messageís origin and recipient. An emailís contents would be accessible with a court order, though time and date of sending and receipt would be available with the authorization of a senior law enforcement or intelligence officer.

Which online services the probes would monitor were not identified in the report. However, Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail, and Google Chat are all widely used in the UK and are mentioned in other sections of the report.

However, people use encryption more and more during communicating with others on the web. It could significantly complicate the life of those, who will be trying to keep track of every word sent or received vie internet, believes Carr.

ďOne of the things, that came out of the evidence when was being gathered for this bill is that encryption is a very widely used tool by people who communicate via internet. And actually thatís going to make the kind of inspection of the communications that we have very difficult for the government and the internet service providers, who are going to be asked to gather all of this information,Ē she added.

The report said the surveillance regime would function on deep packet inspection, a monitoring method that lets an individual who intercepts data to search its contents. Though the project is still in draft form, the committee generally rejected criticsí claims that it would constitute an oppressive domestic spying program, saying that without such new security measures, rapidly developing technologies would soon "have a serious impact on the intelligence and security agencies."

"Under current European data retention laws, deep packet inspection is not only legal, but also widely used by the private sector," the report notes. "Whilst legislation is not a perfect solution," it states elsewhere, "we believe it is the best available option."

ĎOrwellian stateí

Likening the new surveillance program to an Orwellian vision of the future, investigative journalist Tony Gosling told RT that the UK should ďprotect the people from this Big Brother stateĒ rather than shutting them in an ďelectronic cage.Ē

ďThere is great commercial pressure for this intrusion since much of this information can be sold quietly to rich corporations and commercial concerns. This is something the public cannot compete with, this lobbying power backed by commercial interests,Ē noted Gosling. He went on to say that this dark side to big business that ďleads to a dictatorial fascist system similar to that in Nazi Germany.Ē

In the future, if the changes are implemented Gosling concluded that ďpeople will think twice before emailing Orwellian BritainĒ and speculated that there could be a boost to the old-fashioned postal services.

Article from: rt.com




RIC Ed Note:
Instead of turning our backs on the internet, and returning to the postal service as a main means of communication, we should DEFEND and TAKE BACK the internet, and not allow governments, countries, corporations or special interests to dominate and control it, and wield it as a surveillance and manipulation tool.
Noninvolvement in the íinternet of thingsí will NOT stop it from affecting you, your country, and those you care about.

~Elizabeth




"In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a "Magna Carta" moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.

Rebecca MacKinnon looks at issues of privacy, free expression and governance (or lack of) in the digital networks, platforms and services on which we are all increasingly dependent."





Related Articles
CIA admits full monitoring of Facebook and other social networks
Kim Dotcom: íI want to encrypt half of Internet, total govt spying must stop!í
Anonymous posts personal data of 4,000 US bankers online
Anonymous Hacker Claims to Have Released JSTOR Documents That ĎAaron Swartz Died to Bring to the Worldí
Did Anonymous stop Karl Rove from Stealing Ohio again?
Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz - Internet prodigy hounded to suicide
Google starts watching what you do off the Internet too
Donít let the UN take over the internet!
ACTA : Internet Censorship Treaty Overwhelmingly Defeated


Latest News from our Front Page

A Lesson for New York Cops: How to Subdue Brawlers Without Hurting Them
2015-05-04 23:07
Every day in America police assault, injury and kill people who do not pose a threat to them. ‚ÄúThe increase in police brutality in the U.S. is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. While the number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war is 4,489,‚ÄĚ The ...
Israel Is Preparing For Alien Invasion - Are The 'Tall White' Aliens Coming?
2015-05-04 21:00
Earlier in the week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted a training exercise for its Air Force cyber unit, the ‚ÄúOfek‚ÄĚ (Horizon). The training exercise was based on a scenario in which the world is under attack by alien invaders, and IDF tech forces are faced with the challenge of sabotaging the advanced technological systems of attacking alien spacecraft. Although Lt. ...
800-year-old rune stick unearthed during excavation of Danish city
2015-05-04 21:53
The little stick found underneath the streets of Odense, Denmark’s third largest city, is only 8.5 centimetres in length -- but it isn’t just any old stick. The so-called rune stick was made in the early 13th century, said Odense City Museums in a press release. Archaeologists have been digging for a long time at the excavation beneath I. Vilhelm Werners ...
Immigrants to U.S. From China Top Those From Mexico
2015-05-04 21:10
Move over, Mexico. When it comes to sending immigrants to the U.S., China and India have taken the lead. China was the country of origin for 147,000 recent U.S. immigrants in 2013, while Mexico sent just 125,000, according to a Census Bureau study by researcher Eric Jensen and others. India, with 129,000 immigrants, also topped Mexico, though the two countries’ results ...
Dead zones: Places where no animal can survive found in Atlantic Ocean
2015-05-04 20:42
A team of German and Canadian marine biologists have for the first time ever witnessed so-called ‚Äėdead zones‚Äô in the Atlantic Ocean ‚Äď places where no life can thrive, owing to there being almost no dissolved oxygen in the water. Zones depleted of oxygen do exist in nature and have previously been discovered along populated coastal areas off the eastern and ...
More News »