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UK Gov't May Track All Facebook Traffic 204

Posted by timothy
from the posted-before-curfew dept.
Jack Spine writes "The UK government, which is becoming increasingly Orwellian, has said that it is considering snooping on all social networking traffic including Facebook, MySpace, and bebo. This supposedly anti-terrorist measure may be proposed as part of the Intercept Modernisation Programme according to minister Vernon Coaker, and is exactly the sort of deep packet inspection web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee warned about last week. The measure would get around the inconvenience for the government of not being able to snoop on all UK web traffic."
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UK Gov't May Track All Facebook Traffic

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  • stupid (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:28PM (#27245969)

    Besides being intrusive its not going to be very useful. I mean, how many terrorists are going to schedule their next bombing as a Facebook event and then say this is an open even you can also invite friends.

  • by girlintraining (1395911) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:31PM (#27246011)

    Terrorists? On MySpace? What, are they going to attack the train stations in their horned-rim glasses, striped shirts, excessive mascara, and tight girl pants? Unless they have the Perspective Gun (HHGTTG) that won't do a lot of damage. Really, even if they have razorblades they're just going to use them on themselves.

    And Facebook. I can see it now...
    11:15am - Jihad has been called! We are all so very excited, yes-m.
    11:27am - is feeling very blue (they left to go get mcdonald's without me)
    11:52am - Achmed didn't bring all the parts to build the bomb. We're watching House instead
    12:56pm - Cutty really is a bitch! We must issue fatwa on her.
    02:45pm - took nap. Unemployment called, they say I get free dollars. woo woo!
    05:17pm - Achmed returns with rest of parts to build bomb, but comcast triple play package more fun
    08:59pm - Got call from head of cell. Wants to know about bomb. What bomb? We lost bomb.
    11:36pm - Go to bed. Really loving these american TV dinners.

    Or not. Seriously -- we're just going to encrypt the crap out of everything in a few more years anyway, and the UK and other governments and piss off. Or we'll go back to having pseudonyms and fake identities online and only our friends will know the truth. *shrug* Terrorists... christ. I wish they would come and blow something up, just so we had the reminder they weren't entirely a figment of our imagination. In another 10 years, nobody will believe 09/11 happened because of all this screaming by politicians about 'teh terrorists' will have gotten so old people will start subconsciously rejecting anything to do with it.

  • Re:stupid (Score:5, Funny)

    by snowraver1 (1052510) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:34PM (#27246091)
    Join my group! [facebook.com]
  • by TheModelEskimo (968202) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:38PM (#27246167)
    ...I didn't mean to imply that the food I had during my recent visit to your country was really that bland. :P
  • I say, (Score:2, Funny)

    by Todd Fisher (680265) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:43PM (#27246247) Homepage
    It appears Reginald Thornwallop hurled a goat at young master Convington. Alert the Queen at once!
  • by Shakrai (717556) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:46PM (#27246297) Journal

    05:17pm - Achmed returns with rest of parts to build bomb, but comcast triple play package more fun, when it works
    05:30pm - Comcast down again. Fifth time today. Achmed suggests using bomb on them instead.

    Fixed that for you.

  • by syousef (465911) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @03:51PM (#27246415) Journal

    At 15:43 terror suspect Lishmaki Alibababran tweeted "Whazup man?" to Obama Balali who proceeded to set his status to "Obama is watching 'UK today'. We believe this is part of a terrorist plot to stay informed about domestic and world news. Furthermore we may be able to use TV licensing laws against Obama as we have no record of him owning a TV license. This is further proof that piracy aids terrorism. In other news Beth Smith sent a private facebook message to Sally Tallman about Bill Wade that said: "He's soooooo hot". Sally was not impressed and replied "Stay away biatch, he's mine". Our operatives believe this may lead to violence and much bitchslapping at the Trinity school for girls on Monday morning and recommends that we send in a team of operatives.

  • by genner (694963) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @04:10PM (#27246715)

    At 15:43 terror suspect Lishmaki Alibababran tweeted "Whazup man?" to Obama Balali who proceeded to set his status to "Obama is watching 'UK today'. We believe this is part of a terrorist plot to stay informed about domestic and world news. Furthermore we may be able to use TV licensing laws against Obama as we have no record of him owning a TV license. This is further proof that piracy aids terrorism. In other news Beth Smith sent a private facebook message to Sally Tallman about Bill Wade that said: "He's soooooo hot". Sally was not impressed and replied "Stay away biatch, he's mine". Our operatives believe this may lead to violence and much bitchslapping at the Trinity school for girls on Monday morning and recommends that we send in a team of operatives.

    Sally is a lieing tramp.
    Beth would never cheat on me.

  • by MadMidnightBomber (894759) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @04:28PM (#27247037)

    You take that back! We have some of the finest Indian cuisine in the world.

  • by Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @04:32PM (#27247099)

    I thought facebook was an intelligence gathering operation run by the CIA.

    It might be good for gathering stupid, but hardly intelligence.

  • by Nick Ives (317) on Wednesday March 18, 2009 @05:38PM (#27248101)

    yeah, but no

    but yea but no but yea but no but the government cant look at my page coz im not friends with them but that slag shelly who i hate has a crush on that fat brown and i cant block her cos then kelly will like, totally hate my guts!

  • by master_p (608214) on Thursday March 19, 2009 @05:05AM (#27252895)

    Oh, terrorists love Facebook so much! they always announce their plans in Facebook, in order to have their friends comment on them.

    The terrorists also put the pictures of the terror act (you know, big-a$$ explosions and sh1t) on Facebook.

    Someone in the UK gov has become paranoid...

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