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UK Government To Outsource Data Snooping and Storage 114

bone_idol writes "The Guardian is reporting that the private sector will be asked to manage and run a communications database that will keep track of everyone's calls, emails, texts and internet use under a key option contained in a consultation paper to be published next month by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary. Also covered on the BBC."
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UK Government To Outsource Data Snooping and Storage

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  • Re:Please... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 02, 2009 @09:02AM (#26298871)

    He asked for a sane country. "Any country in the EU" won't do.

    I live in Finland. We here have internet censorship.

    It is illegal to question holocaust in France. (Not that I personally would deny it but making it illegal to deny takes it off the list of sane countries)

    I could probably find examples from most other countries too. It is really hard to find a western country which still respects freedom.

    Switzerland would do but they have pretty strict immigration policy...

  • by QJimbo ( 779370 ) on Friday January 02, 2009 @10:07AM (#26299255)

    The thing about this whole database, is that it will only be able to log activity of people who don't think they have anything to hide, in other words, you and me. The average person.

    Criminals can just SSH tunnel everything through a server in some far away country. They will have no idea what those people are doing.

    So forgive me for seeing this as just an invasion of privacy as opposed to any serious way of fighting crime.

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!