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Internet activity 'to be monitored' under new laws
The Telegraph ^ | 1:07PM BST 01 Apr 2012

Posted on 04/01/2012 11:16:52 AM PDT by null and void

Ministers are preparing a major expansion of the Government's powers to monitor the email exchanges and website visits of every person in the UK, it was reported today.

Under legislation expected in next month's Queen's Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government's electronic "listening" agency – to examine "on demand" any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website However ministers believe it is essential that the police and security services have access to such communications data in order to tackle terrorism and protect the public.

Although GCHQ would not be able to access the content of such communications without a warrant, the legislation would enable it to trace people individuals or groups are in contact with, and how often and for how long they are in communication.

"Communications data includes time, duration and dialling numbers of a phone call, or an email address. It does not include the content of any phone call or email and it is not the intention of Government to make changes to the existing legal basis for the interception of communications."

Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group, said: "This is an unprecedented step that will see Britain adopt the same kind of surveillance seen in China and Iran.

"There is an element of whoever you vote for the empire strikes back," she told Sky News's Murnaghan programme.

Conservative backbencher Margot James said ministers would come under pressure to water down the proposals as the legislation passed through Parliament.

"I am sure there will be considerable pressure brought to bear as the proposals are debated for protections to be built in to protect people's privacy," she told the Murnaghan programme.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: blackberry; internetspying; ukinternetspying
1984 wasn't intended as a DYI book...
1 posted on 04/01/2012 11:16:55 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void; mnehring; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; ...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you need only threaten to report me to the Admin if I don’t add you to the list...

2 posted on 04/01/2012 11:19:12 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1167 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: null and void

What could go wrong with this?


3 posted on 04/01/2012 11:20:36 AM PDT by redpoll
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Nothing new about this. It's just the latest versions of Echelon and Carnivore.
Nobody cared back then so why care now.
4 posted on 04/01/2012 11:22:29 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: null and void

This is already done in the US, and practically every country on Earth with a more-or-less competent national security agency.

Wasn’t it the NSA which prevented Blackberry from allowing users to enable 256-bit encryption because of the amount of computing power it would take to decrypt messages?


5 posted on 04/01/2012 11:50:49 AM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: null and void

are there no Englishmen in England any more?

how about the Scottish? all gone?

I cannot believe the limeys are taking this laying down - the French, yes, but a Brit????


6 posted on 04/01/2012 12:08:11 PM PDT by blueplum
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“...but a Brit????”

They’re all gone; the last one out turned-off the lights on the UK, years ago.


7 posted on 04/01/2012 12:10:44 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry 0bummer and another 4yrs of his Regime From Hell!)
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Hi Nully — Can you please add me to your ping list? Thanks!


8 posted on 04/01/2012 12:11:40 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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What a bunch of nosy parkers! MYOB, you stupid excuses for a government.  
9 posted on 04/01/2012 12:20:27 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Borax Queen

Hi BQ! As soon as you follow the rules, I’d be delighted to add you!


10 posted on 04/01/2012 12:32:14 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1167 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: null and void
Thank goodness such a thing can't happen here...

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

By James Bamford
March 15, 2012

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center [in Bluffdale, UT] is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”


11 posted on 04/01/2012 12:49:30 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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1930’s Germany redux, with updated technology.


12 posted on 04/01/2012 12:54:57 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Hmmmm. Maybe we can talk them into co-locating FR’s servers there?


13 posted on 04/01/2012 12:57:41 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1167 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: JimRed
1930’s Germany redux, with updated technology.

And much more sophisticated propaganda.

Goebbels would be green with jealousy, in both cases.

14 posted on 04/01/2012 1:05:27 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can't be both. Pick one.)
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LOL. Wouldn’t that be nice. Just think, with that much horsepower and intelligence, pages would load even before you clicked on a link!


15 posted on 04/01/2012 1:05:40 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: null and void

They will be watching for any anti-Islam or anti-gay bias to charge people with thoughtcrime and hate speech.


16 posted on 04/01/2012 1:08:47 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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They want to become 1984... in America we are becoming Idiocracy


17 posted on 04/01/2012 1:12:23 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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1984? Idiocracy?

Tough call...


18 posted on 04/01/2012 1:14:25 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1167 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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Please remove me from the ping list.


19 posted on 04/01/2012 1:42:52 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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No problem, you’re gone.

Just remember, to get back on you have to threaten to sic The Mod Squad on me.

No more free ride as part of the original cohort.


20 posted on 04/01/2012 1:57:30 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1167 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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Click

21 posted on 04/01/2012 2:09:34 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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It does not include the content of any phone call or email and it is not the intention of Government to make changes to the existing legal basis for the interception of communications."

Surrre. Riiight. If they have an inch, they're going to take a mile. I know "they" were monitoring my useage for the past 4 years. "They" have crashed two of my puters. Or was it three?

22 posted on 04/01/2012 3:53:32 PM PDT by bgill
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I notice they have three water storage and pumping facilities.
Even with emergency power you've got to chill computers that big and the water supply is the biggest, and simplest, vulnerability.
23 posted on 04/01/2012 8:15:13 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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Big data centers have lots of vulnerabilities - water, power, backup power, major optical network interconnections. Having all your eggs in one basket is a real design problem, too. Lack of geospatial diversity is a no-no in the commercial world.


24 posted on 04/01/2012 9:11:24 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: null and void
England because of it's Unwritten Constitution can just about do anything it wants and pass any law it wants.

We have all been sold a Bill of Goods on the War on Terror.
It's not about fighting and stopping Terror it's an excuse to control us and that's all.

In the end the terrorists have won as they have become the insturment for Big Government and Big Brother to watch us all.

25 posted on 04/01/2012 9:19:52 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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Yup and I hope they hate what they see.....


26 posted on 04/01/2012 10:40:08 PM PDT by Nifster
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